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Old 04-10-2019, 09:00 PM
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Didn't you know PSA originally started out as Professional Spud Authenticators

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Old 04-11-2019, 10:27 PM
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Sean, I read your story and it is precisely the type I thoroughly enjoy...it is a hobby and I get as much joy out of looking at several of my beat up cards that bring friends and places to mind as any expensive card I own...thanks for sharing

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Old 04-23-2019, 10:35 AM
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With apologies to all of Red Sox Nation — this card is from my personal, childhood collection. Note the definite crease line — from bending and attaching it to a fender bracket — on the left side of the card. Yep, this one got the bicycle spokes treatment! I was eight years old in 1960 —how was I to know he was going to have a HOF career? I still love this card!
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Old 04-23-2019, 02:31 PM
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Really enjoy hearing stories about cards that were saved even though they are no longer in their best condition...as most of us are not in our best condition as well...myself included...lol...thanks for sharing

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I searched high and low for one of these forever before I found one. Steve Dalkowski's life has always fascinated me, not only for the what could have been aspect but also because his life was incredibly sad and a tragic reminder of what sometimes happens when things don't work out for someone with all the natural talent in the world. I find him to be a kindred spirit in many ways when it comes to things in my own life. Anyway, I'll never sell this card and even if I wanted to, what would I get?

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His is a tragic story...as an Oriole fan I always wondered what might have been...have been thinking recently about getting one of Dalkowski's "cards that never were"...saw a 1963 Topps style recently on Ebay

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Years ago, an accident changed my life. Most of the injuries would eventually fully heal, but my hearing loss is permanent. The recovery process was brutal, moreso emotionally than physically.

As I was trying to pick up the pieces, my boyfriend (now my husband) gave me a baseball card. It was basically worthless, a beat up 1951 Bowman Lou Brissie. He told me of Lou's story....

Lou was a decent pitching prospect, threw for none other than Connie Mack around 1940 or so, but the world had other plans at that time. Like many young men, Lou did his duty and shipped off to fight a war for his country. One day in Italy, things got pretty bad. Most of Lou's platoon was killed or wounded, and Lou was no exception. An exploding artillery shell shredded one of his legs.

At the army hospital, doctors insisted that Lou's leg would have to be amputated. He flat-out refused to let them take it, saying "I'm a ballplayer.". He intended to keep his leg even if it cost him his life.

Lou spent a lot of time recovering and he never gave up on his dream. He was fit with a leg brace and made the best of it. One day he found himself once again in front of Connie Mack, trying out for a spot in the roster.

Lou had a pedestrian career, nothing special. He pitched wearing a customized brace on his leg for maybe 6 years (I forget). His card isn't worth squat. But that card, Lou's card, gave me inspiration. Every time I wanted to give up, cry, whine, feel sorry for myself, Lou's card reminded me that life goes on and great things are still possible.

A beat up, worn out 1951 Bowman Lou Brissie card saved me. I'd guess I couldn't sell it for $5, and I promise I wouldn't sell it for $5000. My copy is so crappy the writing on the back is barely readable, so I pulled a pic off the internet to post here.

Lou, you're my hero. Rest In Peace.


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What a great story Rachel. So cool you could find such inspiration from a baseball card.

Here's a good story and references to a couple Norm Cash baseball cards:

https://baseballhall.org/discover/ca...42555-52571801

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Rachel, that is a wonderful story...thank you for sharing it.

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What a great story Rachel. So cool you could find such inspiration from a baseball card.



Here's a good story and references to a couple Norm Cash baseball cards:



https://baseballhall.org/discover/ca...42555-52571801
The link doesn't work for me, unfortunately. I can't even copy/paste because it's not all shown. I'd like to check it out though.

Thank you for starting this thread, Orioles70. And thanks for everyone posting here. I'm reminded why we put up with all the frustration that comes with this hobby: because of the priceless moments that come with it.

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Old 07-31-2019, 10:20 PM
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My favorite is this wrapper.. I found this hidden in the barn on my grandparents land probably when I was 7 or 8 years old. Amazing this has been with me al these years as I traveled the globe while in the USAF and the countless moves and places I have lived. It has always been displayed and will never leave me..
Bruce, you ever have any issues with the movers? I served 26 years in USAF at 9 different bases. I would always stress when the movers packed up my collection. I was lucky and never lost or had any cards stolen.
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