I've spent the last few days in our basement, clearing space for Doug's new Cars GeoTrax metropolis. I finally went through and cleared out several boxes in the corner, which had been gathering dust since my Mom dropped them off over the summer. Slowly but surely, she's "reuniting" me with boxes of toys, drawings and knick knacks from my youth.
One of the boxes contained 4 (yes, four) 1982 Topps Sticker Books, only one of which contained a completed sticker set. In the spring and fall of 1982, my Pop-Pop would pick up my sister and me at the bus stop and take us to 11th Street to wait for Mom to finish work. Upon arriving at Nana and Pop-Pop's, and finishing off our Tastykakes, I'd get a pack of Topps stickers. (Sometimes I'd even get two packs.) Whenever I'd get enough stickers to mostly fill up a book, Pop-Pop would simply buy me a new sticker book and we'd start the process all over again. Much later I found out he would buy complete boxes of the stickers as they came into Wawa. He'd keep the boxes in his bedroom closet in order to always have a steady supply of new stickers for my frequent visits.
Presented here is the complete Phillies page from the 1982 Topps Sticker Book, made possible by my Pop-Pop.