From SABR member Nicholas Diunte at Baseball Happenings on August 27, 2015, with mention of SABR member Brad Balukjian:
Opening a pack of baseball cards for a child in the 1980s brought feelings of tremendous anticipation not only for the cards that were hidden beneath the sealed wax paper, but also the stale piece of gum that was pressed up against hopefully the worst one in the bunch. For many, those images on the front of each card and the stats on the back were burned into memory after spending hours poring over their contents. Well before the advent of widespread availability through cable television and the internet, these cards were often one’s only visions of the players we followed in newspaper box scores. These men stood as heroes to an entire generation, frozen in time due to a picture on a baseball card, but what happens when that fame melts and the players are left to deal with the closing of their careers at an age when most of their peers are just establishing theirs?
Author Brad Balukjian cracked open a pack of his favorite 1986 Topps and after sorting out the players, he set out to find the next world for a ballplayer after an entire generation has passed since they ended their career. Engaging in a cross-country trek across the United States from his home in California, he put over 10,000 miles in seven weeks on his 2002 Honda Accord to meet with and examine the lives of the 14 players in one pack of 1986 Topps baseball cards for a book cleverly entitled “Wax Pack.”
Read the full article here: http://www.baseballhappenings.net/2015/08/how-one-baseball-card-pack-ignited.html
Originally published: August 27, 2015. Last Updated: August 27, 2015.