In 1985, when I opened my first pack of Topps football cards, baseball was king. Wiffle Ball, Little League, & collecting baseball cards were all that mattered. It wasn't until Bo Jackson took over the sports world in the late 80s that I really got into collecting football cards. 1989 was a huge year with the arrival of Score and Pro Set, two series that really took card photography and design to a new level. I remember going to a card show with my dad and buying that Score set for $20 when it first came out. The box is a bit banged up from all the moves since then, but to this day it remains one of my favorite sets.
As the 90s arrived, my interests changed and I grew out of the hobby, but would return back in 1999. Pro Set was long gone by then, but Score was still around and celebrating its 10 year anniversary so I had to get a few packs for old-time's sake. Those couple of packs turned into a couple more, which turned into a few boxes, and before you knew it, I was hooked again! Soon, I was building sets and chasing autograph rookies, jersey cards & short prints. 20 years later, I still love the hobby.
These days, I've scaled back my collecting and found new interest in my old cards with my Twitter page. It's been a lot of fun looking through stats and finding facts on guys I forgot about or never heard of! I enjoy being taken back to the days of Wiffle Ball, Nerf Football, and stale bubble gum. And although the cards that we collected as kids didn't end up buying us a house or allow for an early retirement, they are far from worthless. In fact, I would even go as far to say that they are priceless.
Scott Spaulding currently resides in the Philadelphia, PA area.
All cards pictured on this site or associated pages are from his personal collection.
Kevin Damask writes profiles of those “forgotten” teams, players and coaches that captured football fans’ hearts for 80sFootballCards. Through his work, Damask will also recall the decade’s most memorable games.
Damask, from Iola, Wisconsin, earned a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. As a journalist, Damask’s work has appeared in many publications across the Midwest, including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal. He currently serves as editor of the Columbus Journal in Columbus, Wisconsin. Damask has been honored for excellence in writing and reporting seven times by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.
Damask’s love for sports began in the late ‘80s, growing up on a dairy farm in central Wisconsin. For more than 30 years, he’s exulted in the triumphs and endured the frustration following Wisconsin’s sports teams. He followed his love for sports and writing into a career as a sports journalist, covering everything from 9-man high school football to the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers.
Damask lives in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin with his wife, Jenny, and dog, Haileigh. When he’s not writing, reading or running with Haileigh, Damask can be seen polishing off his Don Majkowski and Cecil Cooper bobbleheads.
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