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Old 04-10-2019, 08:00 PM
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Didn't you know PSA originally started out as Professional Spud Authenticators

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Sean, I read your story and it is precisely the type I thoroughly enjoy...it is a hobby and I get as much joy out of looking at several of my beat up cards that bring friends and places to mind as any expensive card I own...thanks for sharing

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With apologies to all of Red Sox Nation — this card is from my personal, childhood collection. Note the definite crease line — from bending and attaching it to a fender bracket — on the left side of the card. Yep, this one got the bicycle spokes treatment! I was eight years old in 1960 —how was I to know he was going to have a HOF career? I still love this card!
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Old 04-23-2019, 01:31 PM
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Really enjoy hearing stories about cards that were saved even though they are no longer in their best condition...as most of us are not in our best condition as well...myself included...lol...thanks for sharing

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I searched high and low for one of these forever before I found one. Steve Dalkowski's life has always fascinated me, not only for the what could have been aspect but also because his life was incredibly sad and a tragic reminder of what sometimes happens when things don't work out for someone with all the natural talent in the world. I find him to be a kindred spirit in many ways when it comes to things in my own life. Anyway, I'll never sell this card and even if I wanted to, what would I get?

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Old 04-24-2019, 06:28 AM
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His is a tragic story...as an Oriole fan I always wondered what might have been...have been thinking recently about getting one of Dalkowski's "cards that never were"...saw a 1963 Topps style recently on Ebay

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Years ago, an accident changed my life. Most of the injuries would eventually fully heal, but my hearing loss is permanent. The recovery process was brutal, moreso emotionally than physically.

As I was trying to pick up the pieces, my boyfriend (now my husband) gave me a baseball card. It was basically worthless, a beat up 1951 Bowman Lou Brissie. He told me of Lou's story....

Lou was a decent pitching prospect, threw for none other than Connie Mack around 1940 or so, but the world had other plans at that time. Like many young men, Lou did his duty and shipped off to fight a war for his country. One day in Italy, things got pretty bad. Most of Lou's platoon was killed or wounded, and Lou was no exception. An exploding artillery shell shredded one of his legs.

At the army hospital, doctors insisted that Lou's leg would have to be amputated. He flat-out refused to let them take it, saying "I'm a ballplayer.". He intended to keep his leg even if it cost him his life.

Lou spent a lot of time recovering and he never gave up on his dream. He was fit with a leg brace and made the best of it. One day he found himself once again in front of Connie Mack, trying out for a spot in the roster.

Lou had a pedestrian career, nothing special. He pitched wearing a customized brace on his leg for maybe 6 years (I forget). His card isn't worth squat. But that card, Lou's card, gave me inspiration. Every time I wanted to give up, cry, whine, feel sorry for myself, Lou's card reminded me that life goes on and great things are still possible.

A beat up, worn out 1951 Bowman Lou Brissie card saved me. I'd guess I couldn't sell it for $5, and I promise I wouldn't sell it for $5000. My copy is so crappy the writing on the back is barely readable, so I pulled a pic off the internet to post here.

Lou, you're my hero. Rest In Peace.


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What a great story Rachel. So cool you could find such inspiration from a baseball card.

Here's a good story and references to a couple Norm Cash baseball cards:

https://baseballhall.org/discover/ca...42555-52571801

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Old 07-31-2019, 06:50 AM
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Rachel, that is a wonderful story...thank you for sharing it.

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What a great story Rachel. So cool you could find such inspiration from a baseball card.



Here's a good story and references to a couple Norm Cash baseball cards:



https://baseballhall.org/discover/ca...42555-52571801
The link doesn't work for me, unfortunately. I can't even copy/paste because it's not all shown. I'd like to check it out though.

Thank you for starting this thread, Orioles70. And thanks for everyone posting here. I'm reminded why we put up with all the frustration that comes with this hobby: because of the priceless moments that come with it.

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My favorite is this wrapper.. I found this hidden in the barn on my grandparents land probably when I was 7 or 8 years old. Amazing this has been with me al these years as I traveled the globe while in the USAF and the countless moves and places I have lived. It has always been displayed and will never leave me..
Bruce, you ever have any issues with the movers? I served 26 years in USAF at 9 different bases. I would always stress when the movers packed up my collection. I was lucky and never lost or had any cards stolen.
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It’s not much, but this is one of my very first vintage cards. I had thought all of these were long gone, but found this one in a box I had forgotten about in the basement last night. This is from probably 1987 or 1988 in Cornelius, NC - and an antique mall in our small town had several boxes of older cards for sale, and others that were just on display. I later learned the cards were from the collection of former Milwaukee Braves catcher Paul Burris, who lived in the area. The “1954” stamp you see on the bottom of this card was put on there by him. I picked out a generous helping of cards that were for sale, which Mom allowed me to take home. The cards that I remember that were there but NOT for sale, included a 1954 Topps Ted Williams and a 1933 Goudey Gabby Harnett.

Especially with the onset of the holidays after the loss of my mother earlier this year, I find myself turning to the cards as tangible survivors of a childhood that was steeped in my parents love and tender care. We rarely realize how lucky we are while we are experiencing such moments, but it’s funny how things can come back to hit you later in life and let you know for sure. Happy Holidays, folks...
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Very nice story...thanks for sharing...stories like this keep me focused on the true spirit of why we collect

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This card isn't worthless, no - but it's worth substantially less both than it used to be, and in comparison to Nolan's 1968 Topps rookie card with Jerry Koosman:

Back in the early 1990's when the Ryan Express was really getting up a head of steam - both in terms of his popularity in the sport and the card hobby - this was THE Ryan card I wanted. I had first seen it in an episode of Johnny Bench's "Great American Baseball Quiz" which used to come on ESPN. They were going over the Ryan for Fregosi trade in December of '71, and I distinctly remember they showed Nolan on this card because of the airbrushed (at the time I didn't know it was...) old school Angels logo - I had never seen it before and was just intrigued and thought it was very neat. All these years later, this is still probably the best bit of Topps airbrushing I've ever seen - which is to say it doesn't look like total crap. The artist must have actually taken their time in doing it. I'm pretty sure they also showed the Jim Fregosi "truck scoop" card from 1970, which showed him on a spring training diamond with a pickup truck in the background.

Anyhow, sometime after that I realized that "the pawn shop" as all the kids called it - which was actually The Aisle Pawnshop in Mooresville NC, which sold the typical guitars and knives and lawnmowers, but also had an extensive collection of vintage baseball cards - had this particular card for sale in their glass case at the back of the store. At the time nice copies even of this - Nolan's 5th base card from Topps - were going for around $200. Recall that in the late 1980's and early 90's when Nolan first went to the Texas Rangers, his cards were exploding. His rookie card, which had been worth maybe $150-200 in 1988 was going for $1,000 or more in decent shape by 1991-92. This of course had a trickle-down effect on all of Nolan's other cards, particularly his earlier ones. So, the pawn shop wanted either $200 or $150 for their copy of his '72, which was way, way out of my reach as a 13 year old kid. Though I pined for it, I never landed that particular copy of the '72 Ryan. I did however later find elsewhere about an affordable EX, but badly O/C copy of his 1973 Topps base card - which I then treasured for years.

Fast forward to the internet age, and a few years ago I was finally able to get an SGC 4 '72 Topps Ryan off of eBay for only $15 plus shipping! The Holy Grail! I was in heaven. In the years that followed of course - while the Ryan Express never really lost popularity, some of his cards after the fabled RC (actually even including it...) did eventually settle down in value - and I guess somewhere along the line folks realized that number 595 in the '72 set - while still a semi-high number and an absolute bear to find centered nicely without any tilt - probably did not need to cost $200 in EX or so condition. They simply aren't that scarce, even today and even in high grades. I later upgraded the SGC 4 to the 7.5 that I have now, and was even able to add some other early Nolan Ryan treasures - including 1968 #177.

The memory of that card chase, that show with Johnny Bench, and just the wonder of the elusive '72 Ryan sticks with me though every time I catch a glimpse of this card. For a brief few seconds, I'm transported back to being a kid again.

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I really enjoy reading stories like this...thanks for sharing.

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Speaking of worthless cards, has everyone seen the trailer for '14 Back' where Spaceman Bill Lee holds out the 1971 Craig Nettles card?

I've not been able to find the entire video online, but I've watched the trailer several times.
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Wow, the 1971 Topps set is one of my favorites but I'm not sure if even I would save that Nettles card...and I saved a 1957 Sal Maglie...see pic and post #8 of this thread

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At the National; Mark A. gave a great story on a 1969 Ernie Banks card, if we have video of that, I wish someone would post. If not, he needs to tell that story again in this thread.

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These are great stories. In the mid/late 80's basketball started getting popular with the Lakers, Celtics and 76'ers. So my brother wanted my Charles Barkley RC (Fleer 86) for his 62 Mantle. The Morgan and Yaz amazingly survived my mom's purge when my folks moved and were part of the mid/late 70's cards that my brother and I had. But these three were brought back and forth to college and to all the apartments I lived in before moving to my current house.

The Mantle became one of the 1st cards I slabbed and along with the others reminds me of my youth which looking back was so much fun. We played baseball everyday possible just like Sandlot until dark or when the dads came home. Breaks were only taken when the ice cream man came by--and as my mom worked, a rare thing back then, she always gave my brother and I a few bucks so we could get a creamsicle. The change was then used to get a slice of pizza and some Topps wax packs at the 5 & dime or Woolworths which we rode our bikes to WITHOUT helmets!!!!
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Fantastic story...my childhood was very similar...we are very lucky to have such memories...thanks for sharing

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As a kid my brother took horseback riding lessons. When he was just starting they had group lessons - a bunch of kids on horses riding in circles, sometimes going over low jumps. My parents thought that I was too young to stay home by myself, so they dragged me along. It was sssooo boring. I spent most of my time throwing clumps of dirt at things, climbing trees, stuff like that. As it happens, Ed Whitson's daughter was in the same class as my brother, and apparently he also thought it was boring to watch kids ride horses in circles, so sometimes he'd hang out with me. Strangely, considering that I was a baseball-crazy kid and he was a major league baseball player (or maybe a recently retired one), we didn't talk about baseball much. Mostly we tromped around in the woods and did general outdoors-stuff. Ed taught me how to track deer, for instance. It was a lot of fun, although it didn't last long, probably just a few months. Then my brother moved on to individual lessons. But anyways, here's my contribution to the thread, and the only autograph in my collection. 1991 Fleer Ed Whitson.
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Great story...Thanks for sharing...my faith in humanity has been restored...at least temporarily

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Ed Whitson, the only one of Billy Martin's sparring partners to come out on top, even though it took four rounds.
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