All-Star

One pack.
Ten cards.
Wax-wrapped.
They came complete with gum.

Pitchers,
Batters,
Ballpark stats,
I read them, every one.

Trading,
Buying,
Finding more.
Collection slowly grows.

Full sets
Each year
Fill albums,
And shelves to hold them, too.

Phillies,
Marlins,
Yankees, Braves,
They all play roles, it’s true.

But, Dad,
All-star,
Gifts me more.
Our own baseball tradition.

(from a prompt: “I’ve collected them all.”)

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