Several generations of junk have accumulated in the nation’s attics because of Honus Wagner.
It’s a nearly mythical tale. Mothers cleaning out the flotsam and jetsam of childhoods threw away baseball cards that were — allegedly — worth millions. A person could retire comfortably on one Honus Wagner card. Now, people hold onto everything — how many Beanie Babies are in your closet? — because nobody wants to throw out the next Honus Wagner-like object.
There are only about 60 Honus Wagner cards left in circulation (thanks, Mom!) and the Associated Press today reports that one of them has been sold at auction for $262,000. It was bequeathed to an order of Roman Catholic nuns.
What’s in your attic?
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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