Topps is famous for their yummy bubble gum. The most popular being of course Bazooka gum which has been around since shortly after WWII (I wonder if it was named after the weapon?).
Practically every kid on the planet has at one time or another peeled open the red/white/blue wrapper, read the Bazooka Joe comic, and chomped down on a piece of pink Bazooka gum.
Funtime blog readers are already aware that I (Mr. Potter) am a big trading card nut, and that's the gum that I'd like to blog about today.
Trading cards are often referred to as "gum cards" because a good number of them throughout time included a stick of gum in each pack. As kids it was a nice treat even though it usually lost it's flavor after 5-10 minutes. As grown-up kids and collectors it's quite annoying usually leaving a residue or stain on one or more cards in a pack.
Most trading cards don't have gum in them anymore. The last time I chewed fresh gum out of a pack of cards was when the first series of new Garbage Pail Kids came out in 2003, each pack had four pieces of "gross green" gum. I chewed the hell out of that stuff.
This is where I have to admit to a big nerd confession.
I not only collect trading cards, the wrappers, boxes, and ads....but I collect the gum too.
When it comes to 30+ year-old gum it's pretty much petrified. I found out a while back when ordering old boxes of trading cards and shelling packs that even though the gum is usually a pink rectangular slab that it actually comes in a variety of sizes and shades.
For example, a pack of series 9 Garbage Pail Kids from Canada has a shorter and pinker piece of gum than a pack from the U.S.
A lot of collectors search for the different wrapper variations while overlooking the gum variations inside.
Now, you have to ask the obvious question. Has Mr. Potter ever eaten the 30-year-old petrified gum? The answer is yes, but only once.
I'm one of many who opened an old pack of cards and put that crusty old stick in my mouth just out of curiosity. Everyone reacts the same way and says the same things:
#1 "It's not even gum anymore!"
#2 "It just crumbled to dust/powder!"
#3 "It's impossible to chew!"
#4 "It's pretty flavorless (until the aftertaste hits)"
#5 10-15 seconds frantically looking for somewhere to spit it out.
I've compiled a sample of Youtube videos for your funtime viewing pleasure, all of these include an individual trying to chew a piece of 30+ year-old Topps trading card gum. Enjoy....gag.
If anyone out there wants a try I got plenty for everyone!