As an '80s kid, I enjoy the occasional reminder of my youth. A cassette tape. A sporty yellow Walkman. A flashing "12:00" time stamp on the front of a VCR. An old Scholastic book. An issue of Highlights magazine. A rinky-dink battery-operated handheld video game of some sort.
So when I came across a YouTube channel last year called The Retro Network that seemed to share all of these things and more, I started watching some videos and subscribed.
And when the channel ran a giveaway a couple of months ago, I figured I'd enter. It was easy enough. I just had to like the video, be a subscriber, and leave a comment that included a specific hashtag.
Well, as you can tell by the title of this blog post, I won the giveaway!
Have a look at the variety within the prize package that made it to my front door last month:
First up, a couple of branded stickers. Thrift Store Horde is a monthly series on the channel where the hosts—Jason, Kevin, and Adam—take turns showing off their recent hauls from local thrift stores, antique malls, and goodwill shops. It's always a combination of cool, wacky, funny, bizarre, and rare.
Next up, a collection of wax packs. But not just any wax packs. The giveaway was the culmination of a video series on the channel called "Grossest Cards Ever", and boy are these wax packs ever examples of that. Baseball's Grossouts, Trash Can Trolls, Grossville High, and so on. (Not shown in the photo is a more recent pack from a set called "Pukey-mon".) I haven't opened any of the packs yet, and I think I might keep the grossness sealed for a while.
And here are the two big stars of the wax pack portion of the prize: Original Garbage Pail Kids stickers! 3rd series and 6th series. I'm definitely keeping these sealed. They provide an instant dose of nostalgia for me.
Next up, more grossness. A brand-new copy of Monopoly—the Garbage Pail Kids version! I had no idea this existed.
Here's a shot of the back. Instead of keeping this for myself, I might be sending it to my young niece and nephew—as long as their mom and dad allow it. They've already got a dinosaur version of the game called Dino-opoly, as well as a fishing version called Fishin-opoly. Can they handle a third, gross version? Not sure. But if they do, I know they'll ask me to play it with them.
Next up is the big, awesome, totally rad, not gross portion of the prize package.
A Trapper Keeper! This is one of the reissues that have come out fairly recently, and it sure does bring back memories. In elementary school I had a Trapper Keeper with a red Lamborghini Countach on the front. I'd say the design on this new one is just about as cool.
Here's a better look at the car from the back of the binder. I'm not sure how I'm going to utilize this yet, but I do have a small collection of Garbage Pail Kids stickers from my youth, and they're already in nine-pocket pages. Maybe I'll transfer them to this binder.
But first I'll have to clear out what's inside, because this brand-new Trapper Keeper wasn't empty.
An original-style Trapper Keeper folder!
With more surprises inside. That Superman comic is from the early '80s.
Followed by yet another folder with even more surprises. The Indiana Jones comic is also from the early '80s. As for Jackie Chan Adventures, that was an animated series that aired for a few years in the early 2000s. I enjoyed it—especially Jackie's uncle, who was referred to only as "Uncle".
And finally, there was one more surprise at the back of the Keeper.
A Garfield book! I've already had some fun flipping through this one, and it might be headed over to my niece after I've finished. I think she might like the humor and the illustrations.
And that just about does it. Big thank you to Jason, Kevin, and Adam for running the giveaway. I'm overwhelmed by the generosity.
If any of you have enjoyed the nostalgic vibes you've found here, I hope you'll stop by TRN TV and give them some support.
In the meantime, what's your favorite portion of the prize package? Share in the comment section, and thank you for reading, as always.
It's close between the GPK packs... and the Trapper Keeper. I'd slightly lean toward the Trapper Keeper only because that was one of the most important purchases every year as a kid. I didn't even know that they produced a reissue, but that's pretty cool. Earlier in the school year, we were cleaning out the classroom next door to mine... and I found a Pee-Chee folder. I was pretty stoked, but not a single student understood my excitement.ReplyDelete
Heheh. I understand your excitement, Fuji, even if the students don't. I agree on the Trapper Keeper, too. Very important purchase.Delete
Wow, a great prize pack to be sure! Love the Trapper Keeper, memories of childhood flood back when I see that (and also the Garfield book). Thanks for sharing and congrats on the win!ReplyDelete
Right? So much nostalgia. Thanks for the comment, NG!Delete
Oooooh a synthwave Trapper Keeper! Super cool! But those sealed GPK packs are wild! So many memories there. I've kinda wanted to open another pack of the originals since they were as much a party of my early childhood as Topps cards and dinosaur toys, lol. Series 3 though?!?! Yeah, keep that one sealed for sure!ReplyDelete
This Retro Network reminded me of an '80s TV website my daughter found for me. It randomly shows videos of music, TV shows, commercials, and news clips from the decade. I saw some Hartford Whalers highlights pretty quickly, which was a welcome surprise. But also... was it tracking me? Lol of all the '80s epherma to show me that's what the 'ramdonizer' came up with?!?
Anyway I'm gonna check out that Retro Network now. Great post Gregory!
The video might have been made by another CT native. I watch videos like these from time to time. A video made by someone in Ohio might have Cleveland Browns highlights, for example.Delete
Thanks very much, Chris! GPK packs were a big part of collecting for my sister and I back then, too. Even my mom liked them. Great memories, for sure.Delete
Yeah, these are definitely '80s kids items. I was a '70s kid, so they don't mean much to me. I do remember when Garfield first debuted though and the comic books were very popular. (I love those soft-cover books from that time). My brother might have had one. Garfield was kind of a one-trick pony and the thrill wore off quickly.ReplyDelete
A one-trick pony who just kept on doing that one trick, hahah. I mean, the book in this prize package was Garfield's TWELFTH book. Nice work if you can get it!Delete
GPK sounds like an oxymoron.ReplyDelete
GPK Monopoly sorry.Delete
I wonder what the game play is like. If and when I open it, maybe I'll share more info here on the blog.Delete
These are great. The Trapper Keeper does look very cool, though I didn't appreciate them at the time. They were just school supplies to me.ReplyDelete
I highly recommend picking one up and storing some nine-pocket pages inside. Preferably filled with cards from the '80s.Delete
Congratulations on the win, Greg!ReplyDelete
Thanks very much, Jon!Delete
I know that Superman comic! Superman's powers have been compromised, and he has to face a brutal new villain called the Jackhammer. Good stuff!ReplyDelete
Oh, interesting. Thanks for those details, Brett! If you're interested in the comic for your collection, let me know. I wouldn't mind sending it to you.Delete
Cool stuff. And being a 70's/80's kid I remember a few of those items, especially the trapper keeper.ReplyDelete
Thanks Crocodile! The Trapper Keeper resonates with a lot of us '80s kids, that's for sure. It's pretty cool that they've done a new release.Delete