A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.
– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
Gerald Carroll kept his cards.
I shared the story Sunday of Carroll, who walked into the Chronicle newsroom 30-plus years ago with 200 or more old, old baseball cards he’d found in the attic of his grandfather’s house.
We did a feature at the time and ran a photo of him and his cards, including two Ty Cobbs from the early 1900s.
At the time he mentioned selling them, but we never followed up, so I wondered what had happened, particularly in light of a similar discovery in Ohio worth a lot of money.
Well, Gerald called me after reading the article.
He said he didn’t sell the old baseball cards, deciding instead to keep them because, “I kind of like holding onto things that belonged to my grandfather.”
We had a nice talk, and although he did not sell the cards, he said he did let one of the Ty Cobbs go to a fellow who really wanted it.
He traded for a car.
NEWS ALERT: From the Banner-Herald, an Athens woman paying for gas at the Atlanta Highway Racetrac on Monday tells police someone entered her unlocked pickup and stole her purse containing her dentures valued at $2,700.
(Insert “Bite-out-of-crime” joke here.)
POSTCARDS: Mary Ann Bragg sends this vacation postcard message from London.
“Mary Ann Bragg & my son Harold Bragg III and his daughter, Summer Bragg My Daughter, Jennie Palacz and her daughter, Carsen visited London, England for 10 days. We had a wonderful time & we think London is a beautiful city.”
And Emily and Christina Byrd, of Beech Island, sent a really large post card from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, the last leg of a trip that included cards from the Cape May Ferry and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.
They report seeing dolphins.
TODAY’S JOKE: Seth Benson, of Millen, Ga., says a Texan farmer goes to Australia for a vacation.
There he meets an Aussie farmer and gets talking.
The Aussie shows off his big wheat field and the Texan says, “Oh! We have wheat fields that are at least twice as large.”
Then they walk around the ranch a little, and the Aussie shows off his herd of cattle.
The Texan immediately says, “We have longhorns that are at least twice as large as your cows.”
The conversation has, meanwhile, almost died when the Texan sees a herd of kangaroos hopping through the field.
He asks, “And what are those?”
The Aussie replies with an incredulous look, “Don’t you have any grasshoppers in Texas?”