The mystery of the 1964 Topps Curt Flood card has been solved.
You might recall Rich Klein’s story last March in which he wondered why the card carried such a premium. It’s not Flood’s rookie card. It’s not a scarce high number or short print (You can see eBay market here). He’s an important player in baseball history but he’s not a Hall of Famer.
Yet we had heard that there was a man who traveled to card shows, visited shops and chased this card down online in an effort to stockpile as many as he could. But why?
ESPN the Magazine’s Mina Kimes saw our story and with the publication planning a ‘Renegades’ themed issue that would feature Flood, decided to try and unmask the person with the Flood fetish.
After some digging, she found Mike Hally, a retired engineer from California whose early recollections of the Cardinals’ outfielder left a lasting impression.
So how many 1964 Topps Curt Flood cards does Hally have? Read the story and see the photo here.