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February 18, 2021


One pf the more amazing things about your Mickey Mantle card is that he is listed as a first-baseman -- heresy to those of us who saw him in centerfield at the Stadium. Great rookie cards of Bench, Koosman, Ryan. Ah, baseball cards! The year I was most into them was 1957. I had a Mantle card but that was a casualty of the clean-up of my room when I went away to college. From 57 I do still have Hodges, Snider, Erskine, Reese, and Sal Maglie. My prize holdings include a '65 Koufax.
Thanks for the post. "If winter comes can spring training be far away?"

Spent my afternoon organizing and cataloging my baseball card collection. It's a therapeutic way to connect with both the sport and my personal history. Whether they're worth a fortune or just sentimentally valuable, these cards remind me why I fell in love with baseball in the first place.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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