Finds by Mr. Mint:
Mint is Responsible for More Major Finds Than Anyone Else in the
No one in the hobby
is responsible for more significant "finds" than Alan Rosen. In
the past twenty years, Mr. Mint has uncovered and made available
to the collector more mint vintage cards and collectibles than
any other dealer.
Purchaser of the Boston, MA 1952 Topps Find, including over 6,000
Gem Mint high numbers of which there were 65 Mickey Mantle rookies.
Sotheby's Auction House called it, "The greatest find of baseball
cards ever." It's value in the year 2000? Over $15 million!
2. Purchaser of the Paris,
TN Find which amounted to over 500 unopened wax boxes of 1954
and 1955 Topps and Bowman baseball cards. In addition, there were
over 250 1954 and 1955 Bowman football unopened wax boxes, not
to mention, over 100 Mint-condition 1955 Bowman baseball sets.
Current market value? Over $7 million!
Purchaser of the Kansas City 1951-53 Bowman Find. Over 11,000
uncirculated cards, including 32 '51 Mickey Mantle Bowman rookie
cards and 40 1952 Mickey Mantle second-year Bowman cards. $4.5
million by today's prices!
of the Baltimore, MD Find of Vintage World Series Press Pins,
1911-1919, including three brand new first-issue 1911's, which
themselves in today's market would bring $25,000 each. Found in
an old coffee can, the pins would bring at least $750,000 IF they
were available today.
5. Purchaser of
the Tampa, FL 1948-49 Leaf Unopened Box Find. The purchase consisted
of seven unopened wax boxes of '48-49 Leaf rare numbers and 600
loose, mint rare-number singles. Retail value today is $275,000.
6. Purchaser of
the Baltimore, MD 1909-11 T206 Find: three old cheese boxes containing
4,750 of the most pristine T206's you could ever hope to see.
Of the 900 or so Hall of Famers in the boxes, there were over
70 Cobbs alone! I must say, the year 2000 guidebooks list these
at a little over $1 million, but in my opinion, they now would
be impossible to find.
7. Purchaser of the Chicago,
IL 1954 Wilson Franks Find. Over 270 Gem Mint, Wilson Wieners
cards which are some of the most beautiful, rarest and most coveted
regionals sought by advanced collectors.
of the Boston, MA 1932 U.S. Caramel Find. An amazing discovery
of over 300 Gem Mint blazers which made up almost 20 complete
sets! If found today, value would be at least $1 million!
9. Purchaser of the Quincy,
IL 1953-75 Complete Set Find. One of My favorites: one set each
from the years '53-57, and then multiple sets after that. There
were 9 '61 sets, 12 '62's, 10 '63's, etc. In 1991, I paid over
$350,000 for the deal.
of the Tampa, FL Dan Wells Find. Way back in 1984, this was my
first major purchase and it was a biggie: there were literally
hundreds of thousands of cards between the years 1959-1963. There
were only three major issues in the collection: Topps, Fleer and
Post Cereal. I paid over $150,000 then. I would imagine that today's
prices to be at least $1.5 million.
of nine different of the thirty-five Honus Wagner T206 cards known
to exist .