Quite the Surprise

Not too long ago my wife surprised me with several shoeboxes of baseball cards.  It seems that her uncle, who is in the antique business, came across a whole bunch of cards at an estate sale, and I was to be the beneficiary!

 

After my initial shock, I quickly went through the boxes, rather greedily I think, and found several thousand cards.  The vast majority included 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1989 Topps and several stacks of 1991 Fleer cards.  Among the piles, were 25 unopened packs of cards from the 1991 Conlon Collection.  Among another box were a bunch 1987 and 1989 Topps cards tucked inside plastic sandwich bags.  And tucked inside the box as well was another plastic sandwich bag with quite the surprise — seven vintage Topps cards, all in excellent to near mint condition. I found:

1959 Andy Pafko (#27)

1959 Vic Wertz (#500)

1960 Minnie Minoso (#365)

1961 Nellie Fox MVP (#477)

1963 Elston Howard (#60)

1964 Jim Perry (#34)

1965 Rocky Colavito (#380)

 

I was a bit stunned, thinking that this plastic bag might have gotten mixed up somehow with other vintage cards of mine, but I knew I didn’t have these cards.  Still, it was odd that these six cards would be mixed in with a bunch of 80s and 90s Topps and Fleer cards.  Being the greedy guy that I am, I sorted through the others boxes again, just to make sure.  Alas, no other vintage cards.  So, I went back to the six and studied them carefully.  Great photos, no ceases, fairly sharp edges.  No stains, just a bit of wear.

 

It’s a mystery to me that whoever’s cards these were, that these vintage cards would be stashed in with the rest of the boxes.  I like mysteries, of course.  I think I might rummage through the boxes, again.  You know, just to make sure!

Author: sabrlatino

Anthony Salazar is the chair for SABR's Latino baseball committee, and editor of its publication, "La Prensa del Béisbol Latino." He has written on the Latino experience in the national pastime, and has consulted with baseball teams, museums and programs looking to tap into the US Latino market.

3 thoughts on “Quite the Surprise”

  1. That’s like digging into the meatloaf you ordered and discovering filet under the string beans. Pretty cool. Blind, unexpected generosity is sweet. I was recently gifted 27 Baseball Magazine premiums with no creases or tears. Clean and crisp except for tape stains in each corner. Landis, Marion, Mort and Walker Cooper, Dixie Walker, Ott, Howard Schultz, Wagner, Ted, Camilli, Cobb, Hubbell, Greenberg, Joe D., Newhouser, Stirnweiss, Gordon, Chandler, Henrich, Rizzuto, Dickey, Ruth, Lindell, Ruffing, Keller and Ernie Bonham. The Lindell is my favorite because it intersects with some research I did. This is how they came my way: Out of the blue a lady in her 80’s phoned me after reading that I had organized a BB trivia event for the town Library. Her husband had passed and she wanted to find a good home for his grammar school treasures. She made my day.:)

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