I called my daughter in to my office the other night, hoping it would be a surprise. Someone had tweeted a link to the Stranger Things Season 3 trailer and because she hadn’t mentioned it yet, I thought the video would be a source of excitement (it was). To call it a trailer is a bit of a misnomer, I suppose. The near-70 second clip was nothing more than a teaser that included the titles of each of the eight upcoming episodes, which are set in the Summer of 1985.
I was 15- going on 16- back in the summer of ’85 and while we didn’t hang out at the Karcher Mall much (certainly not enough to be called ‘mall rats’), my friends and I would usually make a weekly run to Musicland. Once we were finished browsing the aisle for tapes we would mosey on over to B. Dalton bookstore and check out the latest music rags: Rolling Stone, Circus, Hit Parader.
During one particular trip to the mall that summer we made our usual stops and strolled past the sports card shop. I wasn’t collecting at that point in my life (I had bought a couple of packs in 1984 and wouldn’t get back in to the hobby until 1991), but if I had been, I would have probably been scrambling to get Dale Murphy and Alvin Davis cards (and stickers!). Anyway, right as we were in front of the card shop, a female security guard passed us. My friend, Marc, couldn’t help himself. *makes a pig-like snorting sound*
The “mall cop” wasn’t going to be subjected to such treatment from a group of young smartasses. “Get out- right now!” she yelled, “and if I see you around here again I’ll arrest you for trespassing.” We were on our way out anyway, so we nodded and let her have her glory.
Unlike her old man, my daughter is respectful and far more mature than I was as a teen. I wish we shared an interest in sports and even in collecting sports cards. I did get her some of the Allen and Ginter mini Man’s Best Friend cards a few years ago. Perhaps Topps’ Stranger Things release would be something we could break together. From what I’ve seen online, it reminds me of the oddball stuff from the 80s. Yes, even a little reminiscent of the stickers Topps put out during the summer of 1985.