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Blog: Mays Left ‘em High and Dry in Galesburg

I ran across an interesting blog post from a Galesburg, Illinois newspaper reporter tonight about one of Willie Mays’ early card show appearances.

It was  1986 at a show that was very popular at the time despite not really being that close to any major city.  Back then, the autograph guests were a bonus.  Most people still came to buy and sell cards.  There were about three dozen dealer tables as I recall and plenty of customers.  The hobby was big—but the overproduction era had not quite begun.

It was a long time ago and I hadn’t been able to recall the details from that day but I do remember it being the first time I’d heard about Mays’ tendency to be a little surly when things didn’t go perfectly at a show.

Apparently this was one of those times because a writer who must have been about my age at the time was there too and remembers it a lot better than I do.



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Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years and a collector for even longer than that, he's usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected].

Comments

  1. The best show ever attended was at the Palmer house in Chicago back the early 90′s. For $25 you got two autographs from a pair of athletes sitting together, such as canseco/mcgwire, puckett/ripken, and so many others.. Autograph guests at shows today are ridiculous in what they are asking for.

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