He thought they were gone forever, tossed out or lost with other childhood keepsakes.
Then Al Mead got a phone call.
A cousin in Florida was going through some boxes and discovered a pair of old notebooks that he knew belonged to his baseball-loving relative. Inside were autographs Al had collected as a young boy in Boston back in the early 1960s.
“I almost fell out of my chair,” he told David Seideman of Forbes. “I thought these things had disappeared 55 years ago.”
Inside were dozens of autographs from players of that era, including beautiful signatures of baseball royalty. He’d obtained many of them during the time leading up to the 1961 All-Star Game at Fenway Park.
Recently, he took them to a show in New York where SGC’s Phil Marks took a look and also added images to the company’s database since some were signed while players were on the move.
It’s a great story of loss, discovery and childhood memories you can read here.