Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Fire Casualty: 1960 Topps - Willie Mays

This is something that should never be done to a card. I ran across this example while doing research online. This card was "saved" from a card shop fire. I'm not sure that saved would be the right word for it though.

I would think that this card would hold a lot more sentimental value than actual value. Still, it's a 1960 Topps card of Willie Mays. That's got to be worth something. At best, this card would make a perfect placeholder for a set builder or a great conversation piece.

I know some things can't be prevented easily, but it still pains me to see a card in this condition. Especially a Hall of Fame player's card in this condition. True, this is a base card, but I think it epitomizes the meaning behind "Things Done To Cards". It stopped being a base card the moment the flames started to eat away at the card. Now it is a one of a kind card that people instinctively turn away from.


dayf said...


If there's an Aaron in half as good condition as that one, I'll take two.

Steve Gierman said...

You and me both! I wish I had those cards too. Even coming out of a card shop fire, they are still classic.