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(AP)   Man finds some old baseball cards tied up in twine in grandfather's attic, goes on with his day. Two weeks later he suddenly realizes Ty Cobb, Cy Young and Honus Wagner were kind of big deals   (hosted.ap.org) divider line 76
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2012-07-10 02:53:27 PM
They had many leather bound books.
 
2012-07-10 02:56:18 PM
He would be much better off finding them 20 years ago.
 
2012-07-10 02:58:14 PM
Meh, I found a Todd Van Poppel rookie card in my basement yesterday. This kind of thing happens all the time.
 
2012-07-10 03:00:41 PM

henryhill: He would be much better off finding them 20 years ago.


Yes, and using the money to buy stock in Apple.
 
2012-07-10 03:01:38 PM
Son: "Who's Honus Wagner?"
Dad: "No Idea"

Link
 
2012-07-10 03:03:07 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com

Any cards of an lady named Baby Ruth?
 
2012-07-10 03:04:35 PM
Did the twine stink of onions?

"I always find that a drink of Coca-Cola between the games refreshes me to such an extent that I can start the second game feeling as if I had not been exercising at all, in spite of my exertions in the first."

- Ty Cobb
 
2012-07-10 03:07:14 PM
Hey its in Baltimore next onth I might have to check this out. Damn wish we would find something like this in an old family attic
 
2012-07-10 03:09:25 PM
if only cy young had something named after him that might remind people that he was good back at one time.
 
2012-07-10 03:09:29 PM

groppet: Hey its in Baltimore next onth I might have to check this out. Damn wish we would find something like this in an old family attic


Only thing I've found is mountains of old cotton candy. Stuff is stale as hell, but there is a lot of it.
 
2012-07-10 03:09:53 PM
I love these stories. I'm hoping once my sister gets settled into our grandmother's house that she'll find some more interesting stuff; we already found $3,000 cash tucked into her pockets and purses when we donated her clothes to Good Will. (Please save the complaints about thrift stores, she was tiny - we had no use for them). We also found a gold $20 coin iirc, and one of those old cabinet/tube radios; the radio is headed for ebay. The coin still needs to be appraised.
 
2012-07-10 03:11:21 PM
*Sigh* A man can dream, can't he?
 
2012-07-10 03:12:08 PM
My cheap old bastard of a grandfather collected welfare.
 
2012-07-10 03:12:48 PM
"So this painting onthe wall, It's signed by a 'V. Van Gogh' you think it might be worth something?"

"I doubt it, probably just some dude she knew at the old folk's home. I mean look at it, he couldn't even paint sunflowers without them coming out all farked up"
 
2012-07-10 03:13:21 PM
This will tear that poor family apart.
 
2012-07-10 03:13:48 PM

HZS9PK: My cheap old bastard of a grandfather collected welfare.


There should be a sad button...
 
2012-07-10 03:14:35 PM
The only thing I ever found in my father's attic were the ladies' undergarments he used to favor in private and a raccoon with a rather sour disposition.
 
2012-07-10 03:14:50 PM
We could sure use some more men like Ty Cobb nowadays.
 
2012-07-10 03:16:26 PM

Magorn: "So this painting onthe wall, It's signed by a 'V. Van Gogh' you think it might be worth something?"

"I doubt it, probably just some dude she knew at the old folk's home. I mean look at it, he couldn't even paint sunflowers without them coming out all farked up"


Yea, if it were signed "Vincent" though you should definitely hold on to it.
 
2012-07-10 03:20:09 PM

spentmiles: Did the twine stink of onions?

"I always find that a drink of Coca-Cola between the games refreshes me to such an extent that I can start the second game feeling as if I had not been exercising at all, in spite of my exertions in the first."

- Ty Cobb


"Boy, I sure do hate black people."

-Ty Cobb
 
2012-07-10 03:22:23 PM
All I found in my grandfather's shed was some soft-core on VHS.
 
2012-07-10 03:24:33 PM
So whataya wanna do? Pawn 'em or sell 'em?
 
2012-07-10 03:28:27 PM

dryknife: So whataya wanna do? Pawn 'em or sell 'em?


"Yeah I know the expert said they'd be worth millions, but that's at auction, which is going to charge a commission, and Three million is the high end, I gotta keep these in my store taking up space, hoping some baseball card collector walks in, and I gotta make a profit on the sale, so I'm thinking, like, $300 bucks"
 
2012-07-10 03:28:42 PM

dryknife: So whataya wanna do? Pawn 'em or sell 'em?


I gotta a friend who knows baseball cards, do you mind if i have him look at them?

He says they're worth 1.2M... I'll give you 5 grand and that's my best offer.
 
2012-07-10 03:30:10 PM

elev8meL8r: spentmiles: Did the twine stink of onions?

"I always find that a drink of Coca-Cola between the games refreshes me to such an extent that I can start the second game feeling as if I had not been exercising at all, in spite of my exertions in the first."

- Ty Cobb

"Boy, I sure do hate black people."

-Ty Cobb


"Why do you think you'd only hit .290 today?"
"Because I'm 72 years old, you ignorant son of a biatch!!!"
 
2012-07-10 03:31:17 PM

dryknife: So whataya wanna do? Pawn 'em or sell 'em?


I'll give 100K for them, you know I gotta make a profit here and who knows how long they will sit on my shelf until an interested buyer comes along.
 
2012-07-10 03:31:25 PM

ladyfortuna: I love these stories. I'm hoping once my sister gets settled into our grandmother's house that she'll find some more interesting stuff; we already found $3,000 cash tucked into her pockets and purses when we donated her clothes to Good Will. (Please save the complaints about thrift stores, she was tiny - we had no use for them). We also found a gold $20 coin iirc, and one of those old cabinet/tube radios; the radio is headed for ebay. The coin still needs to be appraised.


Check the seams of those clothes. Lots of old ladies sewed money into the seams. You won't find it unless you're looking for it.
 
2012-07-10 03:33:03 PM

Magorn: dryknife: So whataya wanna do? Pawn 'em or sell 'em?

"Yeah I know the expert said they'd be worth millions, but that's at auction, which is going to charge a commission, and Three million is the high end, I gotta keep these in my store taking up space, hoping some baseball card collector walks in, and I gotta make a profit on the sale, so I'm thinking, like, $300 bucks"


all we need is an Antiques Roadshow reference, and we're done here...
 
2012-07-10 03:35:02 PM

ssssmashing: dryknife: So whataya wanna do? Pawn 'em or sell 'em?

I gotta a friend who knows baseball cards, do you mind if i have him look at them?

He says they're worth 1.2M... I'll give you 5 grand and that's my best offer.


Seller: "Can you do 6 grand?"
Old Man: "I can do 4 grand."
Seller: "I'll take the 5."
 
2012-07-10 03:36:15 PM
My grandfather died about a decade ago, and my grandmother died last year. When we were clearing out their stuff we found a whole tin, at least 50-100 baseball cards from the exact series that the famous "Honus Wagner Very Very Valuable Card" is from, and in really good condition. We got really excited...but it turns out the only card in the set really worth anything substantial was the Honus Wagner because he demanded to have his removed from the set because they came from tobacco packs, and Honus was steadfastly against encouraging children to chew tobacco. Scarcity = value, obviously.

/Still neat as hell for someone who collected cards as a kid and loves baseball
//Won't be able to retire early though
///Grandad's old glove was cool as hell though, all floppy with big fat fingers and no padding
//but my brother got to keep that
/nostalgia slashies
 
2012-07-10 03:36:54 PM
www.wearysloth.com
 
2012-07-10 03:45:12 PM

my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: We got really excited...but it turns out the only card in the set really worth anything substantial was the Honus Wagner because he demanded to have his removed from the set because they came from tobacco packs, and Honus was steadfastly against encouraging children to chew tobacco. Scarcity = value, obviously.


\Obscure?
 
2012-07-10 03:47:30 PM
Someday, I will inherit a basement full of baseball cards from my dad. He's still like a kid when he gets a new pack, and opens it neatly only after letting it 'stew' for a while (or sometimes just leaves them sealed).
 
2012-07-10 03:48:11 PM
You guys must be old... i found my great grandfather's Garbage Pail Kids in the attic.
 
2012-07-10 03:48:39 PM

Loreweaver: all we need is an Antiques Roadshow reference, and we're done here...


Expert: "For insurance purposes I would place the value roughly between $50 and $8,000,000"

Owner: "Oh my!"
 
2012-07-10 03:49:10 PM

my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: My grandfather died about a decade ago, and my grandmother died last year. When we were clearing out their stuff we found a whole tin, at least 50-100 baseball cards from the exact series that the famous "Honus Wagner Very Very Valuable Card" is from, and in really good condition. We got really excited...but it turns out the only card in the set really worth anything substantial was the Honus Wagner because he demanded to have his removed from the set because they came from tobacco packs, and Honus was steadfastly against encouraging children to chew tobacco. Scarcity = value, obviously.

/Still neat as hell for someone who collected cards as a kid and loves baseball
//Won't be able to retire early though
///Grandad's old glove was cool as hell though, all floppy with big fat fingers and no padding
//but my brother got to keep that
/nostalgia slashies


There are plenty of cards of substantial value in the T206 set. You'd be lucky to find any card of any player in any condition for less than $20. Hall of Famers even in bad condition still go for at least a couple hundred bucks apiece, and anything in premium condition and graded sells in the thousands.
 
2012-07-10 03:54:33 PM
The Hench family is evenly dividing the cards and the money among the 20 cousins named in their aunt's will. All but a few have decided to sell their share.

"These cards need to be with those people who appreciate and enjoy them," Kissner said.

Translation: "I'M GONNA BE RICH, BIATCH!"
 
2012-07-10 03:57:17 PM

Hoopy Frood: my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: My grandfather died about a decade ago, and my grandmother died last year. When we were clearing out their stuff we found a whole tin, at least 50-100 baseball cards from the exact series that the famous "Honus Wagner Very Very Valuable Card" is from, and in really good condition. We got really excited...but it turns out the only card in the set really worth anything substantial was the Honus Wagner because he demanded to have his removed from the set because they came from tobacco packs, and Honus was steadfastly against encouraging children to chew tobacco. Scarcity = value, obviously.

/Still neat as hell for someone who collected cards as a kid and loves baseball
//Won't be able to retire early though
///Grandad's old glove was cool as hell though, all floppy with big fat fingers and no padding
//but my brother got to keep that
/nostalgia slashies

There are plenty of cards of substantial value in the T206 set. You'd be lucky to find any card of any player in any condition for less than $20. Hall of Famers even in bad condition still go for at least a couple hundred bucks apiece, and anything in premium condition and graded sells in the thousands.


I guess it depends on what definition of "substantial value" you are looking at. Yes, for baseball cards they were worth a good bit, but when we are also finding uncashed SS Checks totalling about $20,000 lying around the house and multiple sets of fine silver cutlery and china stuffed under beds they don't seem as impressive. I guess my point is that the value was not a substantial portion of there estate. If there had been a Honus Card in there? Pfft, who cares about the house.

/Not wealthy, I could have used those checks for sure
//My grandmother was apparently having memory issues, but she hid it very well
/found a pair of scissors in every. single. drawer. in. the. house.
 
2012-07-10 03:58:43 PM
*their estate
 
2012-07-10 03:59:04 PM
Meanwhile, I continue to not stumble upon fortune.

SIGH.
 
2012-07-10 03:59:39 PM
Does anyone know anything about the market for autographed cards?

I've got some signed baseball cards from the 1970s. I know the signatures are authentic because I was there. But there's no way to prove it, which means any perceived worth is probably highly subjective.
 
2012-07-10 04:02:26 PM
The only card of any value I own is Lew Alcindor's rookie card. It is worth anywhere between $150-$250.
 
2012-07-10 04:04:45 PM
"If she wouldn't have said no, she wouldn't be dead."

-- Ty Cobb
 
2012-07-10 04:08:38 PM

ladyfortuna: The coin still needs to be appraised.


If the coin is real gold it is either worth good money, great money, or Katie Bar the Doors Money, be sure to pick a VERY reputable dealer and do not under any circumstances sell it to the person who appraises it.
 
2012-07-10 04:10:18 PM
I was at a yard sale recently where they had put out a big box of basketball cards from the 80's and 90's.

Included rookie cards from Jordan and O'neil.

I told them to take them to a sports appraiser because they were probably worth more than the whole yard sale.
 
2012-07-10 04:12:19 PM
Don't give them to children to play with.
 
2012-07-10 04:18:12 PM

starrion: I was at a yard sale recently where they had put out a big box of basketball cards from the 80's and 90's.

Included rookie cards from Jordan and O'neil.

I told them to take them to a sports appraiser because they were probably worth more than the whole yard sale.


Unless they were in mint condition they are probably only worth a few hundred dollars. Sport cards aren't worth much today unless they are really old baseball cards.
 
2012-07-10 04:18:48 PM
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Got to leave some meat on the bone for us, maybe we can bundle them with this rusty oil can.


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Have I got a bone for you!
 
2012-07-10 04:19:49 PM

Posh Naranek: Don't give them to children to play with.


But my kids love to but them in the spokes of their bicycles.
 
2012-07-10 04:24:04 PM

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Got to leave some meat on the bone for us, maybe we can bundle them with this rusty oil can.


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Have I got a bone for you!


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