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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
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   1. BourbonSamurai Is a Lazy Nogoodnik 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 Can Still Seabiscuit 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. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) 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. VoodooR 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(Teddy F. 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. BourbonSamurai Is a Lazy Nogoodnik 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. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) 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. Blubaldo Jimenez (OMJ) 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.

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