You won’t find a lot of sports card shops in the state of Montana, but one of them is home to the walk in of a lifetime.
Bob Fletcher, owner of Fletch Cards & Collectables in Great Falls, was minding his own business late last summer when a woman walked in with six boxes full of baseball cards. Inside was a collection of pre-War material dating back more than a century. A Cracker Jack Joe Jackson. 1911 Turkey Red Walter Johnson and Ty Cobb. Goudey Babe Ruth. Play Ball DiMaggio. Several complete vintage sets.
The value runs well into six figures. They weren’t found at an estate sale, however.
The cards belonged to a collector named Gary Martin who died at age 63 in 2010. The retired state of Montana employee was a passionate and meticulous collector and apparently had made plans to sell them before he passed away.
That’s when a personal representative for his estate decided to bring them into Fletcher’s store. The story has created quite a buzz around town and the Great Falls Tribune went over to take a look.