Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Estate Sale Bonanza

 My friend Pat's buddy called him about a guy that wanted to sell his sports collection.  We went over on a sunday evening to the house and met a 95 year old gentleman who has been collecting for awhile.  

Most of his collection was magazines and memorabilia but we struck a deal to take it all and unearthed some gems when we sorted through the mass of items.

Here are a few of the treasures we found.

This is a postcard from Johnny Bench's restaurant in Cincinnati.  It's now closed but I did get a chance to eat there a few times.

Quite a few autographs, but this is my favorite.

Among all the paper were ballots from all the All Star games.  This is from the 1970 game

Over a hundred decks of old playing cards

Art was a big Reds fan that included this auto of Sam Jethroe

This is one of the oldest cards, 1947 Exhibit

Lots of unusual cards

1975 TCMA

Fro-joy Ice cream TCMA reprint

Baseball Legends


  1. Wait, what? An auto of Ted Williams? That's awesome, and the other stuff is very cool too! Nice pickup!

  2. Treasures indeed! Wow, I'm impressed. Congrats!

  3. A bonanza, indeed! That Ted Williams auto is obviously fantastic, but I think my favorite of the lot might be that Johnny Bench postcard. Had no idea he owned a restaurant.

  4. Very cool stuff. Gotta get excited whenever you add a Ted Williams autograph to your collection.

  5. That Williams is really cool. Congrats!

  6. This must have been a lot of fun to go to. I have a matchbook from Johnny Bench's Home Plate.

  7. A Ted Wiiliams auto is a fantastic find!! That's one of my 'bucket list' items.

    Did you happen to get a Noodles Hahn card from that Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame set? I've been looking for one for my All-Time Teams set.


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