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Old 08-11-2012, 10:34 AM
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Default Unaccounted for Attic Finds, Garage Finds, Thrift Store Finds

With the recent find of mint E98s in an attic along with smaller finds you periodically hear about(for example this one on ebay of 2 St. Louis Demmitts glued to a toolbox lid)http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...vip=true&rt=nc , what percentage of old cards/collectibles are still undiscovered? Do you think 99% of items have already been discovered and are in collections or are you on the other end and believe only 50% of items are accounted for? I know it's pure speculation but I thought would be interesting to hear the boards thoughts on this.

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Old 08-11-2012, 11:09 AM
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With the recent find of mint E98s in an attic along with smaller finds you periodically hear about(for example this one on ebay of 2 St. Louis Demmitts glued to a toolbox lid)http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...vip=true&rt=nc , what percentage of old cards/collectibles are still undiscovered? Do you think 99% of items have already been discovered and are in collections or are you on the other end and believe only 50% of items are accounted for? I know it's pure speculation but I thought would be interesting to hear the boards thoughts on this.

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There is a lot in the hobby already but I still think a decent little percentage is left to be found. I would just guess about 10% or so....which is quite a large number imo.....
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:36 AM
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I agree with Leon on this.

Two weeks before the National I made a call to a young man who found a box of vintage baseball cards in a house he bought here in my hometown.

He told me during the conversation that there are 4 Satchel Paige cards & 21 DanDee cards to include Mantle.

After I explained my situation with the National being so near, we agreed to wait til after the National and possibly talk about me purchasing all of the cards.

I'm sure there is still some cards out there to be found. Just rewind back the last five years & look at what has been discovered.

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Old 08-11-2012, 11:55 AM
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While a specific number or percentage is impossible to determine, there are other factors which can bring fresh material to the market. This includes families of deceased collectors who just want the stuff out of the house, collectors who die without a will or close family, divorce or separation (irate ex-spouses sometimes set spitefully low prices), change of interest, moving / downsizing sales, loss or decrease of employment, etc. Fresh material enters the sports hobby daily, although finds such as the E-98 find are rarer than honest politicians....
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:58 AM
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A large (80%) or so of high grade pre war is out there still waiting to be discovered. I think most of the lower grade (LOVED CARDS) have been discovered.
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Jantz. Keep us posted on this find and let us know if it's any good. I love hearing about these things.

I also agree with the idea that there is still plenty of "finds" out there. Not a lot of them in the same ballpark as the black swamp find, but still a lot of new cards for the hobby. I think there are a lot of uncataloged and unconfirmed cards out there too. When the Just So Ewing was discovered I was very excited. I think there are plenty of these such cards out there to be found.

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Old 08-11-2012, 12:26 PM
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Of course it's impossible to guess what is unknown, but 2012 has been a banner year for finds so I have to think there is more stuff out there. The publicity of our hobby over the past twenty years certainly has brought most of them out, but there are still many old houses that may have a cache in the attic or basement and the owners are not even aware of it. So I'm sure we'll see more interesting finds down the road, although it would be hard to imagine any bigger than the Black Swamp cards.
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I guy I worked who a few years ago moved to MI, bought a house and when he went to tear out a wall to remodel, he found the wall stuffed with 1968 Topps Game cards, hundreds of them along with newspaper almost like they were using them for insulation.
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A large (80%) or so of high grade pre war is out there still waiting to be discovered. I think most of the lower grade (LOVED CARDS) have been discovered.
Why do you believe 80% of high grade pre war hasn't been discovered yet? That seems like alot to me.

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Old 08-12-2012, 01:44 PM
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here is a another question, do you think there are more undiscovered cards found each year or do we lose even more cards each year(floods, fire, natural disasters and so on)
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