Wouldn’t you love to uncover some long-forgotten baseball cards on your next remodeling project?
Hopefully you’ve read the story we linked to about the Ohio woman who found a small stash of 1950s baseball cards stuck inside the baseboards of an old house she was remodeling. 1952 Topps rookies of Billy Martin and Minnie Minoso along with some other early to mid-50s cards– popped out when she ripped off the panel. The value estimate given by the newspaper that reported the story was probably a little high, but it’s our winner for "best story of the week".
It reminds me of the Alan Rosen "find" from a few years ago. Mr. Mint was contacted by someone who had been doing the same sort of work in a home and found a big pile of 1957 Topps sheets under the floor. A year or two ago, another family had been cleaning the basement of a home they’d purchased and found a box full of cards in the rafters–I believe they were T206 or some other pre-War issue–all undisturbed for decades. It’s fascinating stuff. Those finds don’t happen as often as they did 20 years ago or so but there is still stuff out there–hidden in unusual places.
I can’t say I’ve found any cards in walls or baseboards but those of us who’ve been around awhile recall locating some treasures at flea markets, garage sales, antique stores and thrift shops. What’s your story? Let us know about your greatest hobby find or unusual discovery. We’ll collect them and put them in a future article. Drop us a note: [email protected] Please sign your name and give us some idea of where you’re located.
If you want to read about some hobby history, by the way, there’s a link below to the book "Sports Card Explosion" below. Whether you’re a newcomer or veteran hobbyist, it’s a great read. It includes a few stories about some of the ‘finds’ a lot of hobby veterans remember. Written in 1993, it covers the era when baseball cards went from something grown men were embarrassed to collect to a full-blown, mainstream hobby that was then at it’s peak.