Bubble gum and baseball cards

Memories live on in the long-gone bubble-icious scent of a new pack of cards.

Originally Published: April 23, 2014
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

Topps hasn't included a stick of gum inside its pack of baseball cards for years. But I still miss it.

Not because I miss chewing the gum. Lord, no! My friend Scooter gave me a couple-decades-old pack of cards a while back, along with an explicit warning not to chew the gum because so many years had passed that it probably was hazardous to my health. Hey, don't worry -- I wasn't going to put it anywhere near my mouth. That gum was stiff, brittle, stale and unchewable from the day ...

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