For kids who grew up in the 1950s and 60s, it’s a familiar lament: my mom threw out my baseball cards. Long before price guides, million dollar auctions and eBay, cards were for kids and when youngsters grew up and moved away—or misbehaved—their card collections sometimes wound up being tossed when parents cleaned house.
These days when cards hit the trash it’s either a box of over production era commons that you can’t even give away– or it’s a mistake.
A Buffalo, NY area mom is feeling some serious guilt after cleaning a closet at her home in preparation for a Mother’s Day visit only to learn those bags of bedding she tossed also held her grown son’s collection of vintage cards.
“My youth was wrapped up in that collection,” Jason said.
Jason Souter is 46 and had begun collecting as a kid, but also had some 1960s era rookie cards. He also had coins, family war medals and old comics inside the closet. While many of them probably weren’t worth a mint, there were rookie cards of Roger Maris, Jim Palmer and others.
Still smacking themselves in the forehead, both talked with the Buffalo News about what happened—and how another big time rookie card Jason owned suffered a similar fate a year earlier.