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Mike Quade’s first card.

Mike Quade’s first card.

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Updated: September 4, 2012 6:11PM

Topps, the trading card company, is marking its 60th ­anniversary this year.

Back in the day when kids spent a nickel for a pack of baseball cards that included a brittle slab of bubble gum, Cubs manager Mike Quade was among them.

I bought my first cards: When I was about 6 years old. I stopped when I was about 11 or 12.

My prized card: Probably Bob Gibson. I was such a fan.

Fond memory: We were a middle-class family, so every couple weeks when I could save up, I’d buy them. It’s not like now going to some show and seeing a card for hundreds of dollars. And if you traded cards, it wasn’t, “I’ll give you a Billy ­Williams for a Bob Gibson.” If you were lucky and got a second Billy Williams, now you were in business. I don’t ever remember doing a one-for-one.

A world of duplicates: Middle ­infielders. For some reason, I had a ton of them. Guys like Dal Maxvill. But I was just happy to have them, and it made for great noises in your spokes. The ­duplicates went on the back wheel.

The first card of me: In 1985 or 1986. I was ­managing in Macon, Ga., in the South Atlantic League, and the only reason I remember was I had the old stovetop baseball hat on. Willie Stargell was a roving instructor that year, and I have a picture of he and I talking in the dugout.

The gum: I chewed it. Absolutely.

Hidden treasure: I had boxes and boxes of them, and I remember my mom at some point saying, “What are you going to do with these?” I think they wound up in an attic.

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