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(WFLA Tampa Bay)   Florida man got into collecting baseball cards at age 33, died at 73, left his collection to his family, who're going to auction them off. Fark: Includes Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Honus Wagner, Ted Williams, Cy Young and a Babe Ruth rookie card   (wfla.com) divider line
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2021-05-18 5:44:02 PM  
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2021-05-18 6:00:16 PM  
Ffs Cy Young played in the 19th Century. He started with the Cleveland Spiders in 1890. I didn't know they had baseball cards at the time.

/ The gum must've been terrible.
 
2021-05-18 6:06:37 PM  

CrazyCurt: Ffs Cy Young played in the 19th Century. He started with the Cleveland Spiders in 1890. I didn't know they had baseball cards at the time.

/ The gum must've been terrible.


That far back, it probably came with tobacco.
 
2021-05-18 6:09:59 PM  
Huh. Actually, the earliest Cy Young cards came out in 1909 and mostly came with caramels.
 
2021-05-18 6:25:19 PM  
FTFA:  "He spend the last 40 years of his life collecting sports memorabilia."

Apply palm to forehead.
 
2021-05-18 6:36:50 PM  
I'll give them $100 for the whole thing.

It's not worth much overall, but I'm a collector and those things have sentimental value. Better to sell to me than toss them in the trash.
 
2021-05-18 6:38:48 PM  
...did you know...

Because he refused to play on Sunday, Harmon Killebrew missed his rookie season picture for Topps, so, Topps sent a photographer to Minnesota.

The card wasn't put in packs until September. Topps, back then, stopped producing cards after September 15th.

Harmon Killebrew's rookie card is MORE rare than even Honus, himself at the time of printing. No new HK rookies have hit market in 30 years... we've found 2 more Honus Wagner tobacco cards since then.

It is VERY likely that less than 500 were made, and less than 50 survive.
 
2021-05-18 6:50:30 PM  

2wolves: FTFA:  "He spend the last 40 years of his life collecting sports memorabilia."

Apply palm to forehead.


Why?

Not trying to argue , but it seems nothing different than music , movie/TV memorabilia . It can be a good investment .
 
2021-05-18 7:14:32 PM  

Jedekai: ...did you know...

Because he refused to play on Sunday, Harmon Killebrew missed his rookie season picture for Topps, so, Topps sent a photographer to Minnesota.

The card wasn't put in packs until September. Topps, back then, stopped producing cards after September 15th.

Harmon Killebrew's rookie card is MORE rare than even Honus, himself at the time of printing. No new HK rookies have hit market in 30 years... we've found 2 more Honus Wagner tobacco cards since then.

It is VERY likely that less than 500 were made, and less than 50 survive.


Don't care. Need to make noise on my bicycle.
 
2021-05-18 7:28:13 PM  

CrazyCurt: Ffs Cy Young played in the 19th Century. He started with the Cleveland Spiders in 1890. I didn't know they had baseball cards at the time.

/ The gum must've been terrible.


The first baseball-oriented trade cards show up in the late 1860s.  Tobacco cards start showing up in the mid-1880s.
 
2021-05-18 7:35:29 PM  
Any chance my 1980s common cards have reached 10 cents in value yet?
 
2021-05-18 7:35:49 PM  

We Ate the Necco Wafers: I'll give them $100 for the whole thing.

It's not worth much overall, but I'm a collector and those things have sentimental value. Better to sell to me than toss them in the trash.


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2021-05-18 7:37:50 PM  
Their collections means nothing with that Billy Ripken card from 1989-ish.
 
2021-05-18 7:41:19 PM  

We Ate the Necco Wafers: I'll give them $100 for the whole thing.

It's not worth much overall, but I'm a collector and those things have sentimental value. Better to sell to me than toss them in the trash.


$105
 
2021-05-18 7:46:17 PM  

rc3ntexas: 2wolves: FTFA:  "He spend the last 40 years of his life collecting sports memorabilia."

Apply palm to forehead.

Why?

Not trying to argue , but it seems nothing different than music , movie/TV memorabilia . It can be a good investment .


I think the grammar was the issue, not the collecting part.  Should have been "spent".

"He SPEND..."
 
2021-05-18 7:46:26 PM  

rc3ntexas: 2wolves: FTFA:  "He spend the last 40 years of his life collecting sports memorabilia."

Apply palm to forehead.

Why?

Not trying to argue , but it seems nothing different than music , movie/TV memorabilia . It can be a good investment .


I wouldn't exactly call it a "good" investment. But if it's something that brings you joy and you're not putting yourself into debt buying it, then by all means.
 
2021-05-18 7:53:43 PM  

TheFoz: rc3ntexas: 2wolves: FTFA:  "He spend the last 40 years of his life collecting sports memorabilia."

Apply palm to forehead.

Why?

Not trying to argue , but it seems nothing different than music , movie/TV memorabilia . It can be a good investment .

I think the grammar was the issue, not the collecting part.  Should have been "spent".

"He SPEND..."


Fair enough.  We all make our mistakes.
 
2021-05-18 7:56:29 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: rc3ntexas: 2wolves: FTFA:  "He spend the last 40 years of his life collecting sports memorabilia."

Apply palm to forehead.

Why?

Not trying to argue , but it seems nothing different than music , movie/TV memorabilia . It can be a good investment .

I wouldn't exactly call it a "good" investment. But if it's something that brings you joy and you're not putting yourself into debt buying it, then by all means.


Agreed . I've met people that have put their one child through college by doing things like this.  Not a farking thing wrong with it , in my mind.
 
2021-05-18 8:11:45 PM  
Any thoughts on the best way to sell cards? I don't have a lot but I have some recent (ungraded) ones like Montana and Ripken rookie cards
 
2021-05-18 8:28:01 PM  

We Ate the Necco Wafers: I'll give them $100 for the whole thing.

It's not worth much overall, but I'm a collector and those things have sentimental value. Better to sell to me than toss them in the trash.


I'll sell you my Babe Ruth baseball card for $100, it's only worth about ten bucks though. Plus, it's holographic!
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2021-05-18 9:03:05 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: rc3ntexas: 2wolves: FTFA:  "He spend the last 40 years of his life collecting sports memorabilia."

Apply palm to forehead.

Why?

Not trying to argue , but it seems nothing different than music , movie/TV memorabilia . It can be a good investment .

I wouldn't exactly call it a "good" investment. But if it's something that brings you joy and you're not putting yourself into debt buying it, then by all means.


Exactly. It's a hobby that this guy could afford. Currently worth an estimated $20M. Did he spend more than that acquiring the collection? Based on most large collections, the answer is probably yes. Did he enjoy the 40 years while he assembled his collection? Guaranteed yes.
 
2021-05-18 10:30:47 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: rc3ntexas: 2wolves: FTFA:  "He spend the last 40 years of his life collecting sports memorabilia."

Apply palm to forehead.

Why?

Not trying to argue , but it seems nothing different than music , movie/TV memorabilia . It can be a good investment .

I wouldn't exactly call it a "good" investment. But if it's something that brings you joy and you're not putting yourself into debt buying it, then by all means.


Exactly. Investing in collections  for purely financial reasons is psychotic. you start a collection because you like what you collect.  the value is there, not on the market.

See what happened to all those beanie babies idiot still  for what trying to monetize collections gets you.
 
2021-05-18 11:28:20 PM  
That's like hitting the jackpot.
 
2021-05-18 11:35:25 PM  

rc3ntexas: 2wolves: FTFA:  "He spend the last 40 years of his life collecting sports memorabilia."

Apply palm to forehead.

Why?

Not trying to argue , but it seems nothing different than music , movie/TV memorabilia . It can be a good investment .


I doubt it's true.

He probably had a job, started a family etc. The notion that he just spend 40 years of his life collecting baseball cards would be sad if true.
 
2021-05-18 11:43:59 PM  

leeksfromchichis: See what happened to all those beanie babies idiot still  for what trying to monetize collections gets you.


Ha, I recently had a zoom call with some high school friends I hadn't seen in close to 20 years. I remember one's dad having a giant beanie baby collection in their heyday. I asked her whatever happened to it and she laughed, saying he kept a few and just tossed the rest at some point.
 
2021-05-18 11:45:42 PM  
Does the collection include a WARREN SPAHN TURN BACK THE CLOCK! card?
 
2021-05-19 12:00:31 AM  
Meh.

Collectible cards are ridiculous. Doesn't matter if it's baseball players, Pokemon, Magic the Crack Cards, or anything else. They're just pieces of cardboard with stuff printed on them by machines. Not even like books; Just basic stats and a picture. Whoopity-de-doo.

I mean, more power to the family if they can make his hobby pay for their new mansion, but I think anyone paying large sums of money for a card is a flippin' idiot. At least a comic book has a story in it.
 
2021-05-19 12:08:08 AM  

WilderKWight: Meh.

Collectible cards are ridiculous. Doesn't matter if it's baseball players, Pokemon, Magic the Crack Cards, or anything else. They're just pieces of cardboard with stuff printed on them by machines. Not even like books; Just basic stats and a picture. Whoopity-de-doo.

I mean, more power to the family if they can make his hobby pay for their new mansion, but I think anyone paying large sums of money for a card is a flippin' idiot. At least a comic book has a story in it.


So you're telling me you're into NFTs.
 
2021-05-19 7:54:51 AM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: WilderKWight: Meh.

Collectible cards are ridiculous. Doesn't matter if it's baseball players, Pokemon, Magic the Crack Cards, or anything else. They're just pieces of cardboard with stuff printed on them by machines. Not even like books; Just basic stats and a picture. Whoopity-de-doo.

I mean, more power to the family if they can make his hobby pay for their new mansion, but I think anyone paying large sums of money for a card is a flippin' idiot. At least a comic book has a story in it.

So you're telling me you're into NFTs.


Personally I'm into pieces of paper with buildings and people printed on them by the government machines...
 
2021-05-19 9:40:03 AM  

johnny_vegas: Any thoughts on the best way to sell cards? I don't have a lot but I have some recent (ungraded) ones like Montana and Ripken rookie cards


Unless you pay to have them graded, you'll have a hard time selling.
 
2021-05-19 10:25:48 AM  

indy_kid: johnny_vegas: Any thoughts on the best way to sell cards? I don't have a lot but I have some recent (ungraded) ones like Montana and Ripken rookie cards

Unless you pay to have them graded, you'll have a hard time selling.


Yeah that's what I was afraid of, thanks for replying. PSA wasn't grading due to COVID last time I checked and their prices are pretty steep.
 
2021-05-19 11:10:22 AM  

go_Oilers_go: Their collections means nothing with that Billy Ripken card from 1989-ish.


Pffft Old Hoss did it better

https://www.historybyzim.com/2013/03/​c​harles-radbourn-giving-the-finger-1886​/

https://twitter.com/OldHossRadbourn

That Twitter is amazing.
 
2021-05-19 1:49:02 PM  

leeksfromchichis: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: rc3ntexas: 2wolves: FTFA:  "He spend the last 40 years of his life collecting sports memorabilia."

Apply palm to forehead.

Why?

Not trying to argue , but it seems nothing different than music , movie/TV memorabilia . It can be a good investment .

I wouldn't exactly call it a "good" investment. But if it's something that brings you joy and you're not putting yourself into debt buying it, then by all means.

Exactly. Investing in collections  for purely financial reasons is psychotic. you start a collection because you like what you collect.  the value is there, not on the market.

See what happened to all those beanie babies idiot still  for what trying to monetize collections gets you.


My mother-in-law got big into beanie babies. She bought a $2500 display cabinet to put them in. There are hundreds of beanie babies in it and all together they aren't worth what that cabinet is.

She liked them and had a good time collecting them. Just because something is collectible that doesn't mean its valuable.
 
2021-05-19 2:25:45 PM  

Mole Man: go_Oilers_go: Their collections means nothing with that Billy Ripken card from 1989-ish.

Pffft Old Hoss did it better

https://www.historybyzim.com/2013/03/c​harles-radbourn-giving-the-finger-1886​/

https://twitter.com/OldHossRadbourn

That Twitter is amazing.


thanks, Kyle Farnsworth, Not Gaetti and some other tweets friends might like this!
 
2021-05-19 5:55:58 PM  

Wesdog: leeksfromchichis: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: rc3ntexas: 2wolves: FTFA:  "He spend the last 40 years of his life collecting sports memorabilia."

Apply palm to forehead.

Why?

Not trying to argue , but it seems nothing different than music , movie/TV memorabilia . It can be a good investment .

I wouldn't exactly call it a "good" investment. But if it's something that brings you joy and you're not putting yourself into debt buying it, then by all means.

Exactly. Investing in collections  for purely financial reasons is psychotic. you start a collection because you like what you collect.  the value is there, not on the market.

See what happened to all those beanie babies idiot still  for what trying to monetize collections gets you.

My mother-in-law got big into beanie babies. She bought a $2500 display cabinet to put them in. There are hundreds of beanie babies in it and all together they aren't worth what that cabinet is.

She liked them and had a good time collecting them. Just because something is collectible that doesn't mean its valuable.


That's normal.

But a lot of people were only buying them as an investment, which I can't relate to.
 
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