Sad story about the baseball cards my brother & I collected religiously one year. It was the 1987 Topps baseball cards with a wood-grain pattern. We carefully cataloged and preserved them in plastic sheets. We got the entire set (and enough extras for a third set, probably). If only Mom hadn’t thrown away those 20-year-old cards, we’d be zillionaires right now.
eBay has the complete set of 792 cards offered for $8.95 :eek:
So much for that money-making scheme.
There were 17 cards in a pack for 40 cents each. 792 divided by 17 equals 46 packs minimum to get the whole set (assuming no duplicates).
Those 46 packs from 7-Eleven would’ve cost us $18.40 in 1987. :smack:
Yeah, I was a football card collector when I was a little girl. I was a scrupulous completist, and the sets I have (mostly from the late 80s and early 90s) have not, shall we say, appreciated in value.
Now for a truly sad story…
Gil Hodges gave my dad (then five or six, I guess) a baseball signed by the 1955 World Series champion Brooklyn Dodgers. All of them.
He and his friends played with it and destroyed it.
I did well with baseball cards: I collected in the late 60s, which have held up quite well (I seem to recall that the 1968 set – the year I collected the most cards – is still the most valuable one for collectors).
The sad story? Well, we went through a time when we sorted cards by team (I also used to keep them by player’s last name and didn’t start sorting them by number until very late in the game). The problem was, how do you file a card with two players from different teams.
My brother came up with a solution: you cut the card in half, peel the back from the front, and tape them onto 3x5 cards cut down to baseball card size.
We did this with a Rod Carew rookie card (currently selling for up to $192 on eBay).
EBay has destroyed the collectibles market for the seller. My ex-wife bought me an excellent condition Sandy Koufax card from the year of my birth (1963). She spent around $120 on it in the mid-90’s. You can get one on Ebay in the same condition now for $50-60.
I’ll never sell it. It’s one of my favorite gifts from her so I don’t care what it’s worth to a buyer but it illustrates what has happened.
I had a couple complete sets that I had stored in my closet back at “home” (mom’s house). When her washer broke, it leaked across the hall and seeped into the closet. Quite a number of major rookies got quite warped (though she did her best to dry & flatten, so to speak).
Never was a “serious” collector, though I have several thousand I should probably work on getting rid of–though probably my “biggest” card was the Mark McGuire rookie, which was worth 3-digits easy at one time, and quickly plummeted to nada (thank you, Barry Bonds). Now, if I ever see a window like that again, I’m dumping while the getting’s good (though given the market, that’s probably an age long past).
My dad gave me a bunch of his 1948 Bowman baseball cards he had found when cleaning out his mothers house after she passed.
The biggest names in the bunch were a Yogi Berra rookie card and a couple of Stan Musial. They’re not in MINT condition but they’re not bent or stained either.
I thought these may be worth some big $$'s. Nope. On e-bay they fetch around $150-$200 for the Stan Musial / Yogi Berra cards. Other no-names are around $20-$30.
I decided to keep them rather than sell. Seems rather silly to sell your father’s almost 60 year old baseball card collection for a measely $500. Maybe my son will fair better in another 30 years?
I went to the same grade school that Willie Stargell’s niece attended. Willie came to our school to give a talk one year. When Q&A time came, I raised my hand and asked a question. Although I do not recall what I asked, it must have been good, because he took me aside after the talk was over. He brought a few baseballs to hand out; they had already been given away earlier. But, he gave me a glove that he was using, and he signed it.
I used the glove for a few years, then it was stolen.
My brother kept his baseball cards (stored the correct way…in shoeboxes ) for like 40 years. He was living with a Chinese family. Their daughter got involved with a Chinese street gang and the kid stole his collection. It was very sad for him.