*wakes up way too early, but is ready to go with a cup of coffee. Not surprised at all are you?*
Some things are just as good a second time around as they are the first. Some things are not.
For example, if you brew some coffee and pour yourself a cup, it's pretty good. However, if you leave that coffee maker off for a few hours with leftover coffee and decide that a second cup sounded good so you microwave it hot, well, it's not great. Many like it that way, but it's definitely not as good as the first time.
Another example, Spaghetti. It tastes great the first time around but if you let that sit and eat it again later in the day, it still tastes just as good if not better than the first time.
Or maybe you tried something years ago that you forgot about and then discover it again and it's just as good as the first time. I have had that experience a lot but there has been some things that were not (mainly from companies who changed the formula to the way they make the item)
What am I getting at? Well, recently I had the chance to try some things a second time around that I haven't in many years.
First up, these Goetze's caramel creams.
So when I was down the candy aisle and saw a bag, I said, hey, why not? So I grabbed the bag and ripped them open when I got home.
My big hope was that they were as good as I remember since it had been awhile.
*a sip of coffee*
I remember it like it was yesterday, sitting in the backseat of my parent's car. Taking that weekly trip to Ames (local department store), going into the store and heading straight to the card section. The first packs every time I looked for was 1995-1996 Fleer basketball. I thought the base card design was out of this world and my biggest love was the Flair Hardwood Leaders inserts that fell one-per-pack. It was the same love I had for the 1995 Fleer football that had one Flair Preview per pack.
So I would grab a pack or two, carry them throughout the store hoping to land a new set need for my Hardwood Leaders chase and when my parents cashed out, I ran to the car with those packs still in-hand and ripped them open like the chocolate bar that Charlie ripped to find the golden ticket.
The excitement was wild.
So when the Last Dance came on and the excitement of basketball cards returned, I found a four pack lot of of 1995-1996 Fleer basketball on eBay hoping to re-live what I once did. I wanted that ooooey-goooey feeling all over.
*takes another sip of coffee, then another and another in excitement*
When they arrived, I grabbed the package from the mail box and ran back to my house. At least that's what I pictured in my mind. At age 37, being quarantined with a few extra pounds and having not run in many years, I fast paced walked instead. Out of shape I am as Yoda would say.
I got home with said package in hand and opened it.
The blue pack immediately stared back at me. I felt like a little kid for half of a second. Until I realized I had adult duties to take care of before I could dig on in.
*few hours later*
Each pack of Fleer basketball came with 11 cards. There were four different insert sets to chase and the base cards had four different designs to build up the base set. None were tougher than any of the others to pull. There were chances at Hot Packs which would be a pack of all inserts. Only ever pulled one once from all of the Fleer I opened. It wasn't easy, but was hoping maybe one of the three I would open would have one. Yup, I plan to save one unopened like I do with every throwback break I do.
The back of the pack had me reminiscing as much as the front.
(shakes in excitement)
Rest of pack 1 wasn't too shabby either,
if this card doesn't scream 90's,what does?
Now onto Pack 2. The final two packs I won't show all of the base, just the key highlights from each.
Pack 3 highlights,
Glen Rice, YESSSSS one I could use! I tend to associate Glenn with the Hornets
*my closing final sips of coffee, onto cup number two to finish out this post*
My final thoughts on both the rips of Fleer and
MJ says it best,
In easier terms, just as good the second time around.