If you were an avid baseball card collector from the late 1960s to the early 1980s, you may have subscribed to The Trader Speaks. The man who published that long-running hobby publication was Dan Dischley, who left his job as a New York City cop to serve the growing subscriber base in 1976.
Dischley passed away in late September at age 74.
“While Sports Collectors Digest was the Cadillac of hobby papers in the 1970s and early 80s, the Trader Speaks was the Rolls Royce,” wrote one collector on the Net 54 message board.
Dischley owned three T206 Honus Wagner cards during his time in the hobby, but he was also among the original founders of SABR (Society of American Baseball Research), which offered a nice tribute to a modern day hobby pioneer.
A memorial service is planned for Wednesday, October 9 near his North Carolina home.
In a mini article published in his hometown newspaper, Roger Demanette said the ball rolled to his uncle, Ralph Miller, who was in the right field seats at the Polo Grounds.
In 1968, Miller gave the ball to his young nephew, who has held onto it ever since.
Gavin Lux is one of baseball’s top young prospects who finds himself in the middle of the Dodgers’ efforts to return to the World Series. He hit his first post-season homer the other night, one that landed…in a garbage can.
21-year-old fan Agustin Nuno just happened to descend the outfield steps moments before and dove in after it. He didn’t keep it, though. Nuno turned it over to Lux afterward in exchange for some autographs.
These Dodgers fans came up with Gavin Lux’s first career postseason homer. They delivered the baseball in person and swapped it for some autographs. pic.twitter.com/nHURd08iHY
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) October 4, 2019
“I said ‘You went dumpster diving for it? I appreciate you doing it.” the 21-year-old Lux told reporters. “Twenty years from now I can tell my kids ‘hey, this ball was in a trash can’. ”
They didn’t win the NBA title last season but jerseys worn by the team’s marquee stars are still bringing in the cash.
Two jerseys worn by Steph Curry in games during the regular serason sold for more than $13,000 each through NBA Auctions last week. Curry’s home #30 donned in a win over Charlotte on March 31 went for $13,820 while his March 13 road shirt, worn in a loss to the Houston Rockets, netted $13,540.
A jersey worn by Kevin Durant in a December 19 road loss to the Utah Jazz went for $10,020.