March 8, 2016

Return of Tales From FDR Sportscards

In the earlier days of writing this blog, I posted a few stories from my favorite LCS that has long since closed, FDR Sportscards. Those few posts actually garnered some of the fewest views of any post published so I put the idea of making it a series on the shelf. Tonight, I decided to revive it for one more shot. As previously written(though not read by many), I spent a lot of time(and money) at this shop in its day. I have a lot of stories that I think are great and I pulled a lot of decent cards there. So, in the interest of sharing some of those cards(and stories) that I had already scanned in preparation for the shelved series, here is a quick single card post, just because.

The year is 2000. I'm in my early 20's, working FT and going to school. Unlike many, at this time, I am in prime collecting mode. Unfortunately, I had even less control and focus on specific collecting goals than I do now. Topps flagship has just hit the shelves and for no reason in particular! other than it is the new product on the shelf, I decided to bust a few jumbo packs. I had done no preparation and had no idea what the big draws of the product were or even much about who was in the checklist. After liking enough of what I saw in the first two packs, I decided to keep going and rip at least a third jumbo on the afternoon. Somewhere tucked in the middle of that third jumbo stack was this:

Twenty something me didn't have as great an appreciation for baseball history as present day me, but I knew who Eddie Matthews was. At the time, this was probably one of the 'best' cards in my collection. However, on multiple occasions, I seriously considered selling or trading it. In fact, had I been more eBay savvy or of a few trade negotiations went a little differently, I would not have his card today. Fortunately, I was not very inclined to learn enough about selling on eBay and the few trade partners I tried to push this on were not willing to give as much as I wanted at the time. I'm glad things worked out the way they did. Otherwise this great auto of a HOF player would be just a memory. Man, I'm really am glad younger me isn't running this collection. He didn't know what he was doing! Thanks for reading.


  1. Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don't make - that's a beautiful card, all around.

  2. Wow, wow, wow. What a card! I second what Tony ^ said about the best trades!

  3. Yeah keep that baby on display in your collection, very nice!

  4. You really broke the odds with that one. Great looking card!

  5. Younger me made a few trades and shipped away a few cards that I still regret to this day. Glad younger you held onto Mr. Mathews!

  6. Amazing card and so happy you didn't trade it away. I hadn't seen a card of that design until this post and it is great. I wonder who else is on the checklist.

    1. I know the following exist for sure: Mays, Yaz, Kaline, Mattingly, Brock, Banks, Schmidt, Bench, Molitor