Collection Provided Memories, Money

A long-time Minnesota collector sold his store–and then his large collection of vintage baseball cards.

Anyone who rediscovered their old baseball cards in the 1970s or early 80s can relate.

It was a time when grown men began to figure out they weren’t alone in never really outgrowing them. Enough people found each other in the pre-internet era that shows began attracting an audience and kids who grew up in the 1950s and 60s began digging out their old collections.

Tom Dolen of St. Paul, Minnesota was one of those baby boomers who got back in the hobby. He began with his old shoeboxes, advanced to buying the collections of others, then to his own shop.

“If I was really smart,” he added with a laugh, “I would have kept the wrappers."

But as he got ready for retirement, he made another decision.


He’s now taking it easy, but told the local newspaper he still has fond memories of those old cardboard friends.