I don’t know about you, but when I was younger, trading cards were a big part of my everyday life. I would spend plenty of my allowance on packs of baseball cards as well as non-sports cards of all kinds. Then I’d smuggle my cards to school and trade them with friends, or sometimes just drool over their collection. There was actually a summer where every single day with my friends was spent trading cards.
There is something very nostalgic to me about opening a pack of cards. I’ve went on a bit of a binge lately and purchased a lot of old wax packs on ebay. Everything from old baseball cards to Dick Tracy movie cards to Young Indiana Jones Chronicles cards. I’ve bought a lot. So with that said, it’s time to start opening these bad boys up and seeing what’s inside in what I like to call Wax Pack Flashback!
Up first is a pack of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cards from 1984. This was an 88 card set, that also featured 21 different stickers, with one being randomly inserted into each pack. The cards are in the animated style of the He-Man cartoon, and actually re-tell the episode titled “Like Father, Like Daughter” in comic strip form. They used scenes from the episode along with word bubbles to tell the story, and the backs of the cards went more in-depth about the story being told on the front of the card.
Just looking at the pack, it scream cool. It’s funny, but I was a super huge mark for all things He-Man back in the day, but at the time, I didn’t even know these cards existed. When I first came across a pack of them, I thought the packs themselves just looked really cool. The packs featured four different characters on them. He-Man, Skeletor, Teela, and Orko. I’ve got one each of the He-Man and Skeletor packs featured prominently in a display case in my living room.
The back of the pack shows the Topps logo quite well, but nothing else of note really. A lot of card packs from this era would feature some kind of candy ad on the back of the wrapper.
It’s my favorite time of year! The time leading up to the Christmas holiday is full of Christmas movies and TV episodes in my house, and MeTV is making that a little easier this year with their A Very Merry MeTV starting this Sunday. For the next seven weeks, MeTV is presenting three hours of Christmas themed episodes every Sunday afternoon. Check out the schedule below to find when your old forgotten favorite will be on.
Sunday, November 12
The Facts of Life “The Christmas Show” 2PM | 1C
The Facts of Life “Christmas in the Big House” 2:30PM | 1:30C
Mama’s Family “Santa Mama” 3PM | 2C
Mama’s Family “Mama Gets Goosed” 3:30PM | 2:30C
The Lucy Show “Together for Christmas” 4PM | 3C
The Lucy Show “Lucy the Choirmaster” 4:30PM | 3:30C
Sunday, November 19
The Facts of Life “Christmas Baby” 2PM | 1C
The Facts of Life “Pre-Christmas Card” 2:30PM | 1:30C
Saved by the Bell “A Thanksgiving Story” 3PM | 2C
Mama’s Family “An Ill Wind” 3:30PM | 2:30C
Happy Days “The First Thanksgiving” 4PM | 3C
Cheers “Ill-Gotten Gaines” 4:30PM | 3:30C
Yessir, them Good Ol’ Boys from CBS’ insanely popular The Dukes of Hazzard came to Saturday morning in 1983. Actually, original Good Ol’ Boys Bo (John Schneider) and Luke (Tom Wopat) were too busy fussin’ and a-feudin’ with the powers that be to voice their animated characters. So as on the primetime show, they were replaced by Good Ol’ Cousins Vance (Christopher Mayer) and Coy (Byron Cherry). Catherine Bach (Daisy), Denver Pyle (Uncle Jesse), Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg), and James Best (Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane) all provided the voices for their cartoon counterparts. Coltrane’s hound dog Flash was finally given a bark of his own by Frank Welker, who also did the honors for new addition Smokey the raccoon. Fences were mended later that year, and Bo and Luke rejoined the family both in live action and cartoon form.
The race and chase formula of the primetime series was expanded into a round-the-world race, with the Duke Boys trying to win enough money to pay off Boss Hogg’s mortgage on the Duke home. Naturally, Boss Hogg was perpetually scheming to sabotage the race, but the General Lee always managed to outrun Hogg’s Texas longhorn Cadillac.
“Whooo-ooooey, we’re gonna have some fun!”
Dukes of Hazzard Bowl, Plate, and Cup
Dukes of Hazzard Etch-a-Sketch Scenes