Woolworths was a retail pioneer, one of the first big nationwide chains. But by the time I was old enough to remember them, the early '70s, in my mind time had passed them by. To me, Woolworths was grandma's store. They didn't have much that interested me. I remember birds always chirping in the pet department and giant orange drink dispensers at the food counter. But that's about it. It wasn't cool for a kid of my era to say that they bought something at Woolworth.
Maybe the chain was attempting to reach a younger market by partnering with Topps. When the sets started coming out, I was already married with a kid, so I didn't know about them. But if I saw them as a boy, I wouldn't have been interested. I would have seen them as fake cards...not the real deal. But if my grandma saw them, she might have thought that I'd like them and since they were only $1.99, she might grab a box for me.
Each of the final five Woolworth sets were called Baseball Highlights and they obviously featured players and games that were noteworthy from the previous season.
And that's it. No Topps/Woolworth set in 1992 and by 1997, no more Woolworths.
Here's the tile with all the boxes, checklists, and cards side-by-side.