Why a mysterious collector chased a run-of-the-mill 1964 Curt Flood baseball card.
Curt Flood's Monopoly Man
You've all heard stories about the obsessive Ryne Sandberg collector, or the fanatical Jose Canseco devotee - card collectors who focus their attention on all of the cards produced for a single player. Mina Kimes writes about one collector who takes it to the next level by making his focal point a single card from 1964.Curator of Collections, Card Cyber Museum
BASEBALL CARD COLLECTING, like baseball itself, is a world governed by tidy metrics -- achievement, timing, scarcity. But every now and then, an aberration throws things into disarray. Rich Klein stumbled across one such glitch a few years ago when he heard a rumor about a card that was confounding hobbyists. Klein, a mortgage servicer who moonlights as a collector, looked up the card -- the 1964 Topps Curt Flood, a middling, widely produced issue -- and saw that it was inexplicably overpriced. "I did a little research and thought, 'This is fascinating,'" he says.
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