Ted Toles toiled for four Negro League teams about the time Jackie Robinson was making his mark in the majors. But he’s a bigger draw in the collectible market these days.
At age 81, Ted Toles isn’t slowing down much. In fact, life is busier than it’s been in awhile.
The former Negro Leaguer lives in Ohio where it seems he’s in demand. He recently finished signing his own Hartland statues. Toles joined the late Buck O’Neill in a new series of Negro Leaguers for the company. He’s also autographed 2007 Topps Allen & Ginter cards as part of another deal.
The money isn’t great but it’s nice to be remembered and it’s also earned him a little more recognition when he ‘suits up’ for his other job– usher for a local minor league club.
The local newspaper in Youngstown, OH caught up with the man who’s signed a bunch of autographs at card shows in recent years.
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