Originally Posted by 757690
That's a heartbreaking story, I feel for you.
However, the main reason why those cards are worth so much is because no one ever thought they'd be worth anything, an everyone's mom threw them out or gave them away. I worked in the Card business in the 90's and I heard stories like that every day. If everyone's mom had held on to them, they wouldn't be worth much. Not that it makes you feel any better.
This is exactly why modern Baseball Cards will never be worth much. Everyone knows to hold on to them. I actually like this, kids and fans will collect cards because they like and enjoy them, not because they can make money on them.
Yes, I have been told that "I've heard that same story so many times" by card dealers over the years, BUT I think very few had the collection I had, which was every single card from 1951-1958 and 1961-1968, plus 500+ that pre-dated 1950. Then there was my own collection - the likes of which I have seen many times. My own set included most the cards from 69-79, when my mom made me sell.
My older brother has never truly forgiven me. Especially since the card we had Ted Williams sign as a manager of the Washington Senators was included as a stipulation of the "sale."