This fanaticism did not reflect any athletic ability on my part. Far from it! Growing up, like Bernie Sanders, in a lower middle class area of Brooklyn during the 1940s, I was often pressed into joining baseball games with the other boys in my neighborhood.
Opening my well-packed boxes created by the youthful, ever energetic iteration of myself -- I was in awe of the sheer amount of time and effort I spent decades earlier in organizing complete sets by hand, alphabetizing "common" cards," and listing out card values.
As the title of this most recent exhibit indicates, the cards on display date from the so-called "dead ball era," a period when home runs were rarely hit, and when the small-change tactics of today's game were the chief engines of run production.
We have heard it so many times when buying a home: location, location, location. Similar verbage applies when valuing that vintage memorabilia collection from your childhood days. Unfortunately, sentimental value does not increase the value, but it does make for a good story.
Topps, the U.S. market leader for collectable trading cards, recently allied with the Indian Premier League -- which has a brand value of over $4 billion -- to produce trading cards for the sport of cricket.
Only a moron could argue against the inevitable expansion of the use of instant replay in major league baseball at this point, given the evidence in favor of such an expansion provided this week. But I guess I am that moron.
Your problem is that your mother tossed what could have been one of the primo collectibles stashes in all the universe. If only she'd kept her hands off it, just like you and everyone else you knew kept telling her, then...