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Friday, June 02, 2017

Forbes: Hundreds Of Unopened Sports Card Packs Found In Aunt’s Attic Likely To Top $1 Million

In mid-afternoon a few weeks ago, Brian Drent received a mind-blowing phone call: “Hello, I have some unopened full boxes and almost full boxes from the 1950s and 1960s that I am considering for your auction.”

Drent, the president of the Mile High Card Company politely asked for specifics. The caller revealed that he had boxes of early 1960s Topps and Fleer football, 1959 Fleer Ted Williams, and many other sealed packs. They all had been found fairly recently in his 90-year-old aunt’s attic in Tennessee after his uncle passed away. For more than half a century, the uncle had kept packs untouched in a Stroh’s beer box almost as old as the cards themselves.

By the way, there was also a 1961 Fleer Basketball unopened box of wax packs, probably containing the rookie cards of Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, and Oscar Robertson. Drent was almost speechless.

But in a classic case of burying the headline, the stranger unwittingly saved the best for last: “Oh, and I have a box, it’s only 19 of the 24 packs, but it’s a Play Ball box from 1948. Wait, no, it’s 1948 Bowman.” While the display box made no mention of the manufacturer, an opened pack of little black and white cards clearly showed that they were by the Philadelphia gum company from the first year that it made a milestone set.

Drent booked the first plane he could to Tennessee, 7:30 the next morning.


Finally, something worthy to put into the spokes of your 1817 velocipede.

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: June 02, 2017 at 07:58 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards

Monday, April 24, 2017

‘Really bro, Pokemon?’ Addison Russell is building baseball’s most unusual autograph collection

Not just any player is worthy of signing a Pokémon card for Addison Russell’s collection. It needs to be a player the Cubs shortstop admires—and one who matches the traits of the Pokémon character on the card being autographed…

“I’m going to keep doing it,” he said. “I have some badass Pokémon cards that I need signed.”

PreservedFish Posted: April 24, 2017 at 11:54 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, autographs, baseball cards, pokemon

Sunday, February 26, 2017

OTP 27 Feb. 2017: Become Political

What does it mean to become sick of politics? asks columnist Jonathan Stinson.

I kept seeing random photos of baseball players pop up on my newsfeed the other day. At first, I didn’t think anything of it. Pitchers and catchers have reported for camp, and Spring Training is right around the corner for the rest of the MLB stars and hopefuls.
Then I read one of the posts. It said: “The idea of this is to occupy Facebook with baseball posts to break up all the political posts. Whoever likes this post will be given a baseball player and is to post a picture of that player with this text.”
The effort was no Ice-Bucket Challenge, but it did sum up the feelings of many on the left and the right about the current state of the power struggle that surrounds our government.

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

 

BDC Posted: February 26, 2017 at 07:22 PM | 2148 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, politics, social media

 

 

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