Love of Baseball Inspires Collection

For one west coast collector, stories are as much a part of his collection as the items he displays…including one about meeting Mickey Mantle in the men’s room.

Tony Kelley of Corning, California boasts hundreds of vintage baseball cards with Hall of Famers on the front. It’s a small sampling of a collection he began many years ago that has continued to grow.

The owner of a painting and wallpapering business in the small town south of the Oregon border has had a passion for the game that dates back decades. He helped start the local PONY League, played a little ball himself and has taken multiple trips to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Kelley’s impressive collection includes bats, gloves, balls, autographs and historic documents. One problem? He’s pretty much out of room.

He’s also got a few stories to tell according to the local paper, which featured him in their Sunday section.