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This Toys R Us Baseball Card Set Is Proof I Don't Want To Grow Up!

The "I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys 'R' Us kid" motto is something I still embrace. It's why I love doing toy reviews and opening old packs of trading cards on YouTube. Recently I combined those two passions and showed off my very own Toys 'R' Us store!

As much as I wish it was life sized, last year I purchased a baseball card set from 1993 that came with a miniature Toys 'R' Us store. If you were a baseball card collector in the '80s and early '90s, you may remember that department stores often had branded boxed sets of cards. I remember collecting sets from Ames, Kmart, and Hills. Other retail stores like Toys 'R' Us, KayBee, Woolworth, McCrory's, Walgreens, Eckard, Revco, and Rite-Aid produced sets.

These stores partnered with baseball card manufacturers like Topps and Fleer to produce the sets. They were much smaller than the popular sets like Topps, usually having around 30-100 cards in each box instead of several hundred cards like in standard sets. What was great about them, while they didn't hold much value, was that these department store sets often featured just the all-star players or rookies. They also typically had the checklist on the back of the box so you knew exactly what players were inside. While this method of collecting may cheat the system of buying many packs of cards to find that one card worth some money, department store boxed sets were a cheap way to own cards of your favorite players.

For the Wax Pack Flashback series, I recently opened my Toys 'R' Us baseball set and also showed off a few other department store card sets that I've picked up in the last year. Watch the video below and subscribe to TRN TV for more trading card opening videos.

Watch more REVIEWS and THRIFT STORE FINDS on YouTube. Also find Jason on the Thrift Store Horde series showcasing thrift store finds on the TRN TV channel.

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