1988 Topps Company Store Card (Furrball Caps)
In a previous post, I discussed the Topps sweatshirts that you could buy from the Topps Company Store, advertised on cards inserted into packs of 1988 Topps. General consensus was that yes, I would have purchased any one (or all) of these sweatshirts and worn them with pride. I was that nerdy of a kid, and the shirts were awesome.
However, it is debatable as to whether my awkwardness as a child would have pushed me to want to purchase the Topps Furrball Baseball Cap, available through the same Company Store and advertised in ’88 Topps. (Note: it appears that “Furrball” was actually trademarked. A quick Google search, surprisingly, yields very little… guess it didn’t catch on).
The goal of the product was that not only could you have an awesome trucker-style baseball cap – obviously lined with foam, as everything cool was back then – but also a convenient place to store a furry plush baseball – right on the cap! You could store the ball on any – any! – of the blue panels.
It seems that back in 1988, a lot of random games of catch broke out, using a furry plush baseball. Imagine your embarrassment, walking down the street, seeing a game of catch going on, but not being able to participate, because you didn’t have your trusty cap and ball. Peer pressure is a bitch, and your social life probably never would have recovered. Best just to buy a damn hat.
I want to know how many of these were actually sold, and if photos of kids wearing these caps exist. Also, who would get mail sent to PO Box 3070, Westbury NY 11592 now? Do I dare try?