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Today's NY Daily News has an article on kids' allowances
(ages 6 through 17).  Many of them receive over $10 a
week; some even receive over $50 a week.
 
When I was eight, my uncle gave me my first weekly allowance:
$.75!!!  And what I bought with that $.75:  ten packages of Topp's Baseball Cards, a Superman Comic and a Batman Comic.  And a nickel for the piggy bank.

It was a fortune.  And two years later I got a raise to a
dollar.
 
The good old days?  You bet'cha!!!
 
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Sammy,

For $50 you can't buy those old TOPS cards anymore.....so yet another group in the country has suffered from the wealth gap 



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The one thing I've always hated about baseball cards is that
when I was a kid collecting them was a hobby.
These days it's an investment.

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I don't recall getting an actual "allowance", but there were ways to get money... One of the ways was to pick up bottles in the street and bring them to the candy store for credit... The smaller Coke bottles got you two cents- the larger Hoffman bottles got you five cents...People were slobs in those days and bottles by the curb were quite common... I well remember picking up two large bottles and five smaller bottles and bringing them to the candy store and getting twenty cents... What did I buy with the money??... An Archie comic book for ten cents and an ice cream cone- also ten cents...I can still remember sitting on my porch during summer vacation, reading my Archie comic book and eating my ice cream cone- generated with about 15 minutes worth of work...These days my son is asking me for $20 a week, and it creates a lot of arguments- since he wont even do  15 minutes of work to earn it...Today's teenagers are spoiled.....KJF'66.

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Russell,
 
Baseball cards became an investment when adults realized that there were very few old cards left due
to the hobby attitude, and our mothers (so the stories
abound) throwing the cards out.  But we kids didn't
know their future potential value either:  we flipped
them, placed them against schoolyard fences and
bounced other cards off them, used them for noise
makers on bike spokes, and wrapped rubber bands
around them.  All of which, lessened their value.
 
A story was written about finding an unopened pack
of Topps cards from 1953.  In it was an Andy Pafko
card.  It is worth a fortune.  Why?  It wasn't
because he was a great baseball player (Mantle,
Mays, Snider cards from that period are generally
the most valuable).  It was because in that year,
the Pafko was card# 1 in the series.  Kids, when they
wrapped the rubber band around their stack, usually
had them in numerical order.  Thus the Pafko card was
always damaged by the rubber band and suject to
the corners being bent, and the picture scratched.  A
perfect Andy Pafko card was almost impossible to find.
 
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If I knew then what I know now about Baseball Cards, I'd be RICH!

 

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When we were kids we would ask my mother for money and she would always say "Take the bottles back". We would moan and groan but it was the only way to get some change to use at Bennetts candy store. Bazooka bubble gum was a penny, pretzels were two cents and a comic book was twelve cents! Like Kevin, I am handing a $20 to my daughter for the movies on a Friday or Saturday night. Her job is doing the dishes, which she needs to be reminded of each day! Yes, the kid is spoiled, but I have no one to blame but myself! 

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I got 1$/week and made is stretch until I got a paper route and made a regular $12-13 /week. I saved up to buy a USED 17" B&W TV set ($40), then a Radio Shack reel-reel tape recorder for $60, I thought I had all I could ever need in life.

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My dad used to give us $4 when we needed sneakers. That was the price of Joe Lapchiks in Kenny's shoe store. They were and I quote " a good quality sneaker with good support "  Chuck Taylors ( Cons ) were $8.40 cents. We deposited bottles for the differance. I was at Macy's at the Walt Whitman Mall last Tuesday a pair of Converse All Star Chuck Taylors were on sale for $38.50 !!!   "If your tired of slip and slide buy the sneakers with the star on the side " !!!!  


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In my part of Woodside we had a place called Porter's. Just down the block from St Sebastian's. They had an extensive penny candy section. Mary Janes red hot dollars , those straw things with the flavored powder , red licorice "shoe laces" , "chocolate babies", penny tootsie rolls, those wax bottles with the liquid in them , jaw breakers and of course bazooka bubble gum. baseball cards were a nickel a pack and comics were 12 cents. we were good at getting the most for a quarter. !!!!    


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Tom,

You are just a youngster here. I was done with comics by the time they went up to .12 cents. I had paid 10 cents my whole life and wasn't gonna get ripped off like that. (one rare case I DIDN'T give em my two cents!)

I couldn't believe it when they thought they could get $.25 for a slice of pizza! Ya knew life was tough when pizza AND a subway ride were no longer $.15!

I hit a few nice benchmarks in my stock trading recently and figured I would reward myself with a nice dinner or two......but Friday nights when I did my paper collections in HS I celebrated at the candy store splurging on those caramel rings stuffed with vanilla icing, maybe some sugar babies and rolled red licorice! A nice 25 cent feast! (and cheaper than the dinners!)

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I do remember having lunch for a quarter -- a slice of pizza ($.15) and a soda ($.10). 

Does anyone remember what lunch cost at the MC cafeteria.  I seem to recall my mom didn't give me much and I would buy lunch (usually an ice cream), a soda, and I would save the rest.  For some reason, $.35 pops into my head.
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Janet,  I recalled getting 25 cents too for pizza & soda.  That was 1965!  I was in MC and the pizza was 25 cents then but I couldn't get a soda or a drink. Then lo and below the price went up to 50 cents!  I think the matrons there was making money on the side.  Never could trust a lunch room monitor.  LOL  So our memories are correct and my allowance was a 1.00 per week, but I got 25 cents per day for lunch.

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When I was in the Navy drinks at the EM Club were $.25 at 10X the price.

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Janet- I graduated from MC in '66.. My usual lunch every day  was a piece of cherry cheese cake (15 cents) and an orange drink (10 cents)...So- 25 cents for lunch...I used to smoke- a pack of Newports was 23 cents... Thus, cigarettes and lunch cost less than 50 cents a day... Might explain the heart issues many years later!.....LOL........KJF'66.

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