When I was little I collected baseball cards – not because I liked or
cared about the sport but because I liked “flipping” cards with the boys
and winning their cards during recess on the playground.
I also liked the flat, powdery bubble gum stick that came with the cards.
My love affair with baseball cards was short lived. A few years later
another type of card came along that I could really get into.
Garbage Pail Kids.
Kids launched in 1985 – they were a spoof of the insanely popular
Cabbage Patch Kid dolls that parents were busy getting in fist fights
The cards became almost as popular as the dolls were within pre-teen
crowds/teenage crowds. Why? Have a look at a few standouts from my own
They were gross. Disgusting. Hilarious!
We wouldn’t flip Garbage Pail Kid cards but we would trade them.
Conversations like, “I’ll give you my Bye Bye Bobby for your Sara Slime”
were heard during lunchtime and recess.
Even though ours didn’t, some schools banned the cards deeming them too
creepy/disgusting. Looking back at some of the more disturbing ones, I
guess I can kind of see why...these are kind of extra gross.
The Garbage Pail Kids were so popular a movie was released starring them.
Shockingly the film was a flop but die-hard fans of the cards and the
characters ate it up, kind of like the way Barfin’ Bart ate
The cards even made a comeback recently – I was sooo excited to see packs
of them available again at the checkout at the grocery store. It totally
made me smile and brought back memories of the mid 80’s, saving up my
allowance to go up to the pharmacy to buy a few packs of my own.
Not that I need any more packs of cards...I kept these giant binders full
Why? I’m really not sure. I guess there are some things that are just too
difficult to part with. I mean how could you expect me to say goodbye to
Gooey Louie, Marcus Mucus or Snotty Sam?
My personal favorite card of all time which I will never ever, ever get
rid of is Rock E. Horror. My favorite cult movie mashed up with a
cabbage patch kid wearing fishnet stockings?
Even if the rest of these somehow make it into the garbage someday, you
bet I’m hanging onto that one.
Lori Ferraro is the author of
the website Drawn to
the 80s where the greatest hits of the 1980’s are illustrated by her
five-year-old son. Her blog
www.onceuponaproduct.com is where you can read about her obsessions
with make up, food, Mick Jagger, big hair, boys and yes...the 80's.