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Gum in packs of Hockey Cards

Why isn't there gum in packs of hockey cards? As a kid I always looked forward to chewing that pink strip of cardboard-like substance dusted with mysterious white powder while I searched for my hockey heroes. We'd chew on that gum till our jaws ached while negotiating trades at recess (Got em, need em, got em ...) and "flipping" cards up against the school walls to see who'd win 'em all (Hey ... that's just a "tipsy" ... no fair!).

Today's hockey cards are vacuum-sealed into packs that can only be opened by those with a PHD and handled with surgical gloves for immediate internment into a plastic sleeve and cases. Priced out of reach for most kids, the hobby has been taken over by adults.

I miss the gum ...

     Tim Legere

Tim, I too miss the gum. I have fond memories of my old man bringing me home packs of trading cards, only they were baseball cards instead of hockey cards. My brothers and I had bags full of cards from O-Pee-Chee...I still have my Dave Collins #10 from '83 somewhere. After opening a new pack, nothing tasted better than that stick of cardboard they tried to pass off as gum.

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Guest Blog SubmissionAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following submission earlier today.

After reading several articles on the Anaheim signing of Kelvim Escobar, I am astonished by how much great press this guy receives. Is this the same pitcher who allowed 121 hits in 98 innings on artificial turf, with a 5.51 ERA? Is it just me or are these numbers below average!! I personally witnessed Escobar pitch this summer and I think even I could have hit those beach balls. Escobar, like most of the other Jays, seems to put up numbers when nothing matters. I wanted to see Escobar step up and prove his "Clemens-like" stuff when the Jays were making a move in the standings. Instead, I witnessed inconsistent pitching from a man who, in this old-timers opinion, isn't worth the nearly $7 million a season he has been given. I was still debating the $5 million "low-ball" offer. Unless Escobar performs the Loaiza special, I have a feeling Anaheim fans will share some of my headaches. So, good riddance Escobar. You will not be missed by this frustrated Jays fan.

     Steve

Steve, I agree with you 100%. I was sitting beside you at SkyDome when you watched Kelvim Escobar serve up those fat pitches to hungry Yankee batters. It's been a while since a free agent was as overrated as this. I'll go into 2004 with Ted Lilly and Pat Hentgen over Escobar any time.

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