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CB Talk! A Trading-Card Rosetta Stone for the Halcyon Days of CB Radio

Posted March 05, 2018 11:43 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: CB radio classic auto history

I recently had occasion to try and describe CB radio to my 11-year-old son. I told him that it started as a way for truckers to help each other out on the roads and, by the 55-mph malaise of the late ’70s, it became a sort of combination of walkie-talkie, WAZE, and Facebook for the population at large: multiple channels of real-time news, information, traffic, weather, and, dare we say, entertainment. (Hell, CB got so popular that even the OEs started offering CB-radio options in the late ’70s.) And it reminded me of another trading-card series I was mad for when I was younger than he was.

Desperate for trading cards that moved beyond stick-and-ball sports, I gravitated to Fleer’s CB Talk at the local Variety store: a 60-card set that came in your traditional eight-car wax-pack wrapping with a stick of the crappiest gum known to mankind. It didn’t have much to do with cars, but they had pictures of trucks, and that was kinda the same thing, right? No? Hush, I was six when they came out.

Maybe not worth as much as Garbage Pail Kids, but definitely a reminder of a bygone era.

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