I picked up a copy of Leo Durocher's 1968 Topps card at my LCS this afternoon for a fairly nominal price. It's nearly fifty years old, has a couple of fuzzy cardboard corners, and it's of a manager who had a personality seemingly bigger than life itself. So why not?
During the checkout process the owner asked me if I knew how to get rid of the wax stain on the front of the card. I did not AND I wasn't sure why the wax stain was on the front and not on the back. He informed me that Topps used to seal a pack of cards with the front of the card facing the wax, not the backs which was common place when I started collecting back in the 80s.
Huh, learn something new everyday!
But, I wasn't done learning, for my LCS owner apparently has a plethora of untapped cardboard knowledge which I am just now discovering after knowing him for nearly 25 years.
The picture on the right is our "before" picture. The wax isn't very obvious, but Leo has a few "moles" on his face which are not moles: the one right below his nose, a large one on his left cheek, and he has a little bit of "skin cancer" under his right eye.
Here's a better shot of some of the wax on the card. It shows up pretty good where the light should be glaring. Bleck.
So, I took Leo in for surgery and found the guest bathroom's hair dryer.
Just as my LCS owner instructed, I set the hair dryer on the low setting and warmed it up a bit.
I think the results are pretty good.
I thought I would share because who knows how many other cards out there could use a little face lift. Maybe you have a couple in your collection?
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