Fifty years ago today Alan Shepard became the first American in space by making a sub-orbital flight in a Mercury spacecraft. Two years later I was collecting Topps Astronaut cards. (Shepard's card is pictured above.) Each pack sold for a nickle and contained a number of cards, (5 I think), a pair of 3-D viewing glasses, (There were 3-d images on the back too.) and a pink square of a brittle substance that the package claimed was bubble gum. If you were so foolish as to actually attempt to eat this "gum" it would immediately shatter into jagged shards with +9 to impale. We used them for hand grenades in war games. There were 55 cards in the set.
Any resemblance to a certain major motion picture starring Michael J. Fox is doubtless coincidental.
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