Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Worcester Telegram: Turns out, package contained baseball cards

Head for the park and greet the Metesky…

A package that drew the attention of the state police bomb squad this morning was determined to contain an unwanted collection of baseball cards. Initial suspicions of the sealed box, left atop a newspaper box outside the post office branch on Chandler Street, prompted police to close off the area.

The sealed box had the word “Free” on the outside. It was heavily taped, and authorities could not easily determine its contents.

Upon further review, the box was found to contain baseball cards.

Officials, who were notified of a “suspicious package” about 9 this morning, did not immediately locate the person who left the box.

Repoz Posted: November 01, 2011 at 08:08 PM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history, memorabilia

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Bourbon Samurai is disturbed by bagel developments Posted: November 01, 2011 at 08:31 PM (#3984512)
Remember everyone, when you leave a mysterious taped package in a public place, be sure to clearly write "NOT A BOMB" on it.
   2. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: November 01, 2011 at 08:32 PM (#3984514)
Heavily taped box on a newspaper box marked "free"? How could you not think "Hey, it must be baseball cards!"?
   3. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: November 01, 2011 at 08:47 PM (#3984526)
Remember everyone, when you leave a mysterious taped package in a public place, be sure to clearly write "NOT A BOMB" on it.


Sadly right now someone somewhere is thinking "you know, if they'd just written it's not a bomb on it they would have been fine."
   4. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: November 01, 2011 at 08:51 PM (#3984530)
Well, that was just silly. Obviously, no one's going to pick up a bunch of '90s baseball cards unless they're paid to do so.
   5. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: November 01, 2011 at 08:51 PM (#3984531)
If abandoned boxes had been seen as possible terrorism when I was a kid, I would have about 125 fewer Gary Allenson cards.
   6. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: November 01, 2011 at 08:56 PM (#3984537)
I had a dream last night that I found a 1985 Topps Don Mattingly. I looked it up (in my dream), and the price was $3.09.

The 9 cents really made it worthwhile.
   7. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: November 01, 2011 at 09:04 PM (#3984547)
$2.50 book price, being sold for anywhere from .39 to $5.79 according to google. Are you're dreams always this accurate?
   8. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: November 01, 2011 at 09:06 PM (#3984549)
1985 Topps Don Mattingly


Was Don West in your dream?
   9. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 01, 2011 at 09:17 PM (#3984556)
Was Don West in your dream?


What does Lost in Space have to do with this?

-- MWE
   10. Voodoo Posted: November 01, 2011 at 11:09 PM (#3984610)
Obviously, no one's going to pick up a bunch of '90s baseball cards unless they're paid to do so.


I love looking through late 80s, early 90s baseball cards. The fact that they are worthless doesn't faze me at all; lots of memories in those boxes.
   11. AndrewJ Posted: November 01, 2011 at 11:23 PM (#3984613)
I had a dream last night that I found a 1985 Topps Don Mattingly. I looked it up (in my dream), and the price was $3.09.

In the summer of 1990 I sold my 1984 Don Mattingly Donruss to a dealer in Cooperstown for $55. The most lucrative card sale in my career.
   12. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: November 01, 2011 at 11:42 PM (#3984617)
I asked this question in the last baseball-card related thread but does anyone have any good suggestions for putting thousands of worthless cards to use?
   13. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: November 01, 2011 at 11:49 PM (#3984620)
Remember everyone, when you leave a mysterious taped package in a public place, be sure to clearly write "NOT A BOMB" on it.

When I was a teenager, late in the school year it was very common for people to call in phony bomb threats.
They'd evacuate the school, and everybody would hang out signing each other's yearbooks.

During one of those threats one year, I carried my books around in a paper bag with the word "BOMB" written quite clearly on both sides.
Nobody took it seriously at all. Which makes me feel old.
   14. Lassus Posted: November 02, 2011 at 12:32 AM (#3984648)
I asked this question in the last baseball-card related thread but does anyone have any good suggestions for putting thousands of worthless cards to use?

Wallpaper not working for you?

Actually, maybe you could use laminate and folding or end tables to create a novelty item people would want.
   15. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: November 02, 2011 at 01:05 AM (#3984671)
It would be cool to make a laminated thing with a certain theme. Like players pictured in a certain batting stance, or closeups of people in Expos hats. Or if you have 45,000 Dennis Martinez cards you could just make a Dennis Martinez table. Maybe that would be creepy.

Do they sell lots of random cards of a certain player? Let's see, yes they do.
   16. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: November 02, 2011 at 01:58 AM (#3984695)
I'm saving the 1987 Topps wallpaper idea for the bar I will someday own. Lord knows I have enough of them. But it would also be cool to laminate tables and such with another set with consistent, bold colors. I'm thinking a table with 1991 Fleer would look hideously kitschy, but perhaps awesomely so. Or choosing a color from the 1988 Score. I also like the idea of choosing a bunch of cards that prominently display Expos hats, or something like that.

The problem with those sets is that not only are they plentiful, they're also aesthetically unpleasing.
   17. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: November 02, 2011 at 03:46 AM (#3984765)
Someone just gave me an unopened box of 1989 Topps cards for free. My six-year-old son and I have been opening a pack a day and poring over the names and stats. We now have four Jim Presley cards, but also Mattingly, Gwynn, McGwire, Randy Johnson and some other good names for him to know.

He's kind of fascinated by the ancient sticks of gum, and so am I.
   18. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: November 02, 2011 at 03:54 AM (#3984771)
Neat! Glad some people are getting enjoyment out of those cards. Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio and John Smoltz have rookie cards in the set. The rare upside to cards from that era is that unopened boxes are dirt cheap, so you can try another year or brand when you're done with those.
   19. Grumbledook Posted: November 02, 2011 at 04:11 PM (#3985030)
Soon Enzo Hernandez rookie cards will be considered weapons of mass destruction?
   20. Bourbon Samurai is disturbed by bagel developments Posted: November 02, 2011 at 04:25 PM (#3985037)
I'm saving the 1987 Topps wallpaper idea for the bar I will someday own. Lord knows I have enough of them.


That is an awesome idea. I will go to your bar.

But fortunately, I am already married, as no ladies will go.
   21. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: November 02, 2011 at 04:45 PM (#3985052)
I don't even drink, & I'll go to your bar, too.

Though if there's a competing bar featuring wallpaper made out of equally worthless comics from the same general era, I'd probably go there more often.
   22. OMJ, urban D machine Posted: November 02, 2011 at 05:32 PM (#3985078)
Do they sell lots of random cards of a certain player? Let's see, yes they do.



Oh my good lord. First of all, how did you know who my first favorite player was?! Second of all, I am probably the only person not named Mrs. Allanson that ever had him as a favorite player and I wouldn't buy those. (Ok, so maybe I might) But who the heck is paying $10 for a lot of 50 of the SAME Andy Allanson card?

Thank god Sandy came along by the time my card obsession kicked in full swing.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
A triple short of the cycle
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 2016 August 29: Minor-league team offers Trump, Clinton bobbleheads with real hair
(527 - 10:28am, Aug 31)
Last: Rickey! Filipino Diving Team

NewsblogCubs wear onesies on trip from Los Angeles - Chicago Tribune
(66 - 10:26am, Aug 31)
Last: Andere Richtingen

NewsblogIn-depth report on abusive usage of high school pitchers in Japan.
(2 - 10:21am, Aug 31)
Last: RJ in TO

NewsblogThe Women Succeeding in a Men’s Professional Baseball League - The New Yorker
(4 - 10:09am, Aug 31)
Last: gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade

NewsblogTexas Rangers: Banister: Darvish is 'more relaxed and more connected' as he knocks Mariners down the standings | SportsDay
(6 - 9:43am, Aug 31)
Last: The Good Face

NewsblogOT: August 2016 Soccer Thread
(417 - 9:43am, Aug 31)
Last: Shooty is obsessed with the latest hoodie

NewsblogDodgers place Triple-A Superstar Yasiel Puig on trade waivers
(41 - 9:24am, Aug 31)
Last: JJ1986

NewsblogThe Beauty of Baseball’s “RedZone” Channel – The Ringer
(5 - 9:16am, Aug 31)
Last: villageidiom

NewsblogThe Importance Of "Glue Guys" - MLB Trade Rumors
(1 - 9:04am, Aug 31)
Last: akrasian

NewsblogOT Gaming: October 2015
(527 - 9:02am, Aug 31)
Last: Ben Broussard Ramjet

NewsblogMust C: McAllister's kick save | MLB.com
(1 - 8:48am, Aug 31)
Last: villageidiom

NewsblogTim Tebow to display baseball skills in tryout | MLB.com
(45 - 7:59am, Aug 31)
Last: Sleepless in Munich

NewsblogCleveland Indians come home with chance to pump up fans and stop doubts -- Terry Pluto | cleveland.com
(13 - 7:38am, Aug 31)
Last: Flynn

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 8-30-16
(85 - 12:52am, Aug 31)
Last: Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos

NewsblogThe four contenders in AL’s cutthroat MVP race
(44 - 11:30pm, Aug 30)
Last: Ardo

Page rendered in 0.2299 seconds
47 querie(s) executed