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

The Card

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

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Only a few dozen T206 Wagners are known to still exist, having been released in limited numbers just after the turn of the twentieth century. Most, with their creases and stains, look like they've been around for nearly one hundred years. But 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 most desired--baseball card on the planet, valued today at more than two million dollars. It has transformed a simple hobby into a billion-dollar industry that is at times as lawless as the Wild West. Everything about The Card, which has made men wealthy as well as poisoned lifelong relationships, is fraught with controversy--from its uncertain origins to the nagging possibility that it might not be exactly as it seems.

In this intriguing, eye-opening, and groundbreaking look at a uniquely American obsession, award-winning investigative reporters Michael O'Keeffe and Teri Thompson follow "The Card"'s trail from a Florida flea market to the hands of the world's most prominent collectors. The Card sheds a fascinating new light on a world of counterfeiters, con men, and the people who profit from what used to be a pastime for kids.

"Lively and well-researched." -- Sports Illustrated.com
"Lively and well-researched."--Sports Illustrated.com
Lively and well-researched. --Sports Illustrated.com"

Prologuep. 1
Expressway to Fortunep. 9
King of the Hillp. 17
Tobacco Roadp. 29
A Whole New Stratospherep. 45
The Flying Dutchmanp. 49
Citizen Wagnerp. 63
Honus Gets a Makeoverp. 71
The Card Gets a Pedigreep. 85
Marvin Moneyp. 95
PSA and the Doctorsp. 107
Fall of a Kingp. 113
The Collectorp. 127
Ain't Nothin' Like the Real Thingp. 141
Lost and Foundp. 147
Fakes and Fraudsp. 163
A White Knightp. 177
Million-Dollar Babyp. 187
Timelinep. 201
The Most Valuable Baseball Cards in the Worldp. 205
Notesp. 219
Authors' Notep. 243
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ISBN: 9780061123931
ISBN-10: 0061123935
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 17th June 2008
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.24