When I was a kid, every once in a while we would go to baseball card and collectible shows. Years and years ago, they were everywhere including Neosho, Joplin, Tulsa, Springfield, to name a few places. I miss those shows.

When I was a kid, every once in a while we would go to baseball card and collectible shows. Years and years ago, they were everywhere including Neosho, Joplin, Tulsa, Springfield, to name a few places. I miss those shows.

Not only would you be able to look through the countless baseball cards trying to find a rookie card of Mickey Mantle or an Ozzie Smith card or even Stan "The Man" Musial, but if you were lucky there would be some of the baseball players there to sign autographs. In Tulsa for instance, we would stand in line with a baseball in one hand and the camera in the other hand to capture that moment. I can not tell you the number of autographs we got back then.

Over the years, I have met some unique baseball players. For instance, my brother's favorite baseball player is Ozzie Smith. For Father's Day, we took dad to Springfield, where Smith was signing autographs. He was a great player for the St. Louis Cardinals and I still remember him doing flips right there on the field.

I hope that one day these shows come back to Neosho. I think that it is a great family event and who knows it might spark some of the younger generation to collect baseball cards or other sports memorabilia.

And for the adults, if you have any baseball cards from your youth, take a look at them, they might be worth some money or even better, memories.

 

 

Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor at the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at thigdon@neoshodailynews.com or by calling 417-451-1520 x 20. He also writes a column for the newspaper.