In my last post, I went on and on about my birthday presents to myself, one of them being a repack. In that rather disappointing pile of cards was four cards that immediately sparked my memory and yet, at the same time, made me say "hey, I don't remember these at all." The cards belonged to the 1990 Starline set. Now, I remember these posters being everywhere when I was a kid. It was a very clean design and if you went to toy stores or shoe stores or sporting goods stores, they were everywhere. I cannot, though, for the life of me, recall them releasing a card set of them. On one hand, this makes perfect sense - I have never eaten at a Long John Silver's joint ever. I don't even know if they have them in Jersey, to be honest. On the other hand, I pride myself in owning oddball food issues, so I am truly surprised this set got by me. I went to ebay and picked up the set of 40 cards for $3- shipped. Plus it was sent from a town in New Jersey, so I got it the next day; practically instant gratification.
The set came still sealed in the original packs that came from the restaurant. I assume you got one with each purchase, meaning you'd have to choke down 8 different meals of fried mystery fish to finish this set. Yuck.
I was kind of torn how to handle this set. As you may well know from
reading this blog, I am kind of obsessed with having everything neatly
fitting in to 9-pages (thus the name). If fact, I have covered this
particular predilection before. A 40-card set does not fit neatly.
Even with the 8(!) header cards, this would be 48 cards, also not neatly
divisible by nine (checks 3rd grade math flash cards, hey! I'm right).
So I looked at the way the cards were packaged and realized that these
are eight pretty big stars. Plus I had the leftover cards from the
repacks to fill in the one blank, so voila:
They all work very well aesthetically and the loose Chris Sabo breaks up the color scheme. I love it when a plan comes together.
Let's look at the back:
Wow. That is pretty ugly. You do get to see one card back, and it is not Chris Sabo but Glenn Davis (I like to keep people guessing). I checked my set books before I decided to keep them wrapped to see if there was a set with a 4 or 3 card gap and there was not, so for now, I am satisfied to keep the set this way. Maybe one day in the future I will get the urge to spring them from their decades-long plastic cocoons.
Click here to see the checklist, if only for posterity and understanding. And if you would like to actually see all the cards in the set, check out this post from Fuji, who covered them better than I ever could. For now, this thick awkward page will sit in my set binders as a monument to the fact that as a teenager, I liked to get fat on burgers and doughnuts and not fried fish.