What Strange Artifacts Are Contained In… THE VAULT???

While exploring the depths of the Shlabotnik Archives, I came upon The Vault… A vessel which contained an unexpected collection of relics, some of which date as far back as Nineteen Hundred and Seventy Four!
The Vault

I do realize that “The Vault” bears a striking resemblance to a cardboard box which had been on an overhead closet shelf.  Don’t let that bother you.

It all started when I was trying to find my stash of Mets yearbooks, and in the process started pulling boxes out of a closet that I hadn’t really gone into for about… well, I don’t know.  A long time.

Among the things I initially found were a bunch of football and non-sport cards from the 70’s and 80’s.
1974 topps Fred Biletnikoff

I also – finally! – found a couple of “whereabouts unknown” sets, including my 1987 Topps set.  Faithful readers will remember that it had bugged the crap out of me that I wasn’t able to find my 87T’s.

As I delved deeper into The Vault, I found some other goodies….

I found a small stack of wax wrappers…
1985 Topps Baseball wrapper

…A number of items that can only be described as “oddballs”…
1980-81 Topps Basketball Bullets Pin Up

…A variety of schedules, many of which are more interesting than this one featuring Jeff Torborg (no offense intended, Jeff…)
1993 Mets Schedule

…Box-bottom cards…
1986 Donruss box cards 7-9

I even found my collection of radio station bumper stickers, which I’ll probably throw out here and there just for the heck of it. Some of them are pretty cool…
1992 WNEW-FM 25th Anniversary Bumper Sticker
…Well, I think they’re cool, anyway.

I also found a wide variety of other things that made me just paw through the stuff and say “Ho-lee crap!”

…and yes, I did find my Mets Yearbooks; I shared an image of one last week (and I’ll share it again:
1976 Mets Yearbook Revised Edition

A year or two ago, finding a load of stuff like this night’ve made me feel overwhelmed, but now it makes me feel better about some of the stuff I’ve been getting rid of.  The more junk wax and unwanted clutter I have, the less time and space for some of the more interesting items I’ve got. And that ain’t good.

So anyway, the main point of this post is to give you an introduction and explain what I’m going to start sharing with you, since some of these items don’t lend themselves to much text beyond “Ooh, lookit!”

Hope you enjoy the fruits of my pack-rat ways!

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4 thoughts on “What Strange Artifacts Are Contained In… THE VAULT???

  1. Very cool discovery. I remember those basketball team pictures as a kid. Used to collect them as I thought they were so cool. Don’t have any as I trashed my cards when I was younger.

    • I was surprised I still had that Bullets team poster insert because basketball cards were pretty much the only kind of cards I DIDN’T collect as a kid. I bought a single pack most years just to see what the cards were like, but that’s as far as it went.

  2. Pocket schedules, old publications, vintage football, ’80s wrappers saved for no reason, bumper stickers…. all stored in a cardboard box on the top of the closet. Wow, your collection and mine are very much alike. ,-)

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