He now owns a 1916 Babe Ruth rookie card and a game model Ruth bat.
He showed them off and talked about the appreciation for high-end cards and memorabilia with the York Record.
A Defiance, OH newspaper columnist shared a couple of interesting nuggets over the weekend. Defiance was home to the “Black Swamp Find” back in 2012; more than 700 virtually untouched 1910 E98 baseball cards in the attic of a home.
The house originally belonged to a man who owned a local meat market and stayed in the family until the last surviving relative died. When cleaning out the place, family members located the cards, which were obviously worth a huge payday and turned the market for E98s upside down.
Columnist Kerry Hubartt revealed in this piece that they also found wads of cash stuffed in various places inside the home. The basis of the column, though, was that the family has created enlarged reproductions of some of the cards from the find and hung them on the walls of their restaurant.
For some, spring training means autographs. For some, it’s a borderline obsession and those who have been chasing players for years have built up some pretty large collections without buying even one signature.
Here’s a short little story from a Texas TV station:
Forty-one years later, it’s still one of the greatest cards ever made, even if it probably didn’t seem all that unusual at the time. Airbrushing was a fact of life and so were Afros.
Even those who aren’t actually old enough to remember pulling one from trading card packs appreciate collectors’ fascination.