The Card: Collectors, Con Men, and the True Story of History's Most Desired Baseball Card

The Card: Collectors, Con Men, and the True Story of History's Most Desired Baseball Card

Michael O'Keeffe, Teri Thompson


Only a number of dozen T206 Wagners are identified to nonetheless exist, having been published in constrained numbers simply after the flip of the 20 th century. such a lot, with their creases and stains, seem like they've been round for almost 100 years. yet one—The Card—appears to have defied the travails of time. Its sharp corners and still-crisp portrait make it the single-most famous—and such a lot desired—baseball card in the world, valued this present day at greater than million money. It has reworked an easy pastime right into a billion-dollar that's now and then as lawless because the Wild West. every thing concerning the Card, which has made males prosperous in addition to poisoned lifelong relationships, is fraught with controversy—from its doubtful origins to the nagging threat that it might probably no longer be precisely because it seems.

In this interesting, eye-opening, and groundbreaking examine a uniquely American obsession, award-winning investigative newshounds Michael O'Keeffe and Teri Thompson persist with The Card's path from a Florida flea industry to the palms of the world's so much renowned creditors. the cardboard sheds a desirable new mild on an international of counterfeiters, con males, and the folks who take advantage of what was a hobby for children.

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