I was having a conversation with someone asking how anyone could afford a serious vice. Our talk revolved around smoking, and the price of cigarettes. I have never smoked, and don’t really drink all that much, but my parents did. If they still did today then they’d be paying in excess of $5 a pack. Both of them smoked two packs a day at least. This comes out to $20 each, or $600 a month. And, that is only if they are always at two packs. What an amazing sum o money to spend on something that is going to shorten your life, and make you cough a lot.
The thing that brought this up is my collecting. I first bought a pack of baseball cards in late 1981. That amounts to 30 years. The only hobby that pre-dates that is my first comic book. This was the first issue of Alpha Flight. If memory serves it was also in 1981. Anyway, our talk ventured into the topic of the price of cards, and how I remember paying 35 cents. I remember being shocked to see a pack priced at $1!!! My allowance was only $2 per week. Now, there are single packs that cost over one thousand dollars. Wow! Of course, if you go to Walmart or Target you’ll see the average pack is just around three bucks. Not too horrible by itself, but most sets require as many as one hundred packs to put a set together. Gone are the days when one or two relatively cheap boxes should yield a set.
If we extrapolate that out, I would have to buy three to five boxes to put a set together. At an average price of sixty to eighty dollars a box I’d be spending quite a bit. The only good news is that if I were a smoker, I’d b burning away roughly 200 packs of cards a month.
Wouldn’t that be lovely?