Law student cashes in with dad’s old baseball card collection after losing his job during pandemic


A 30-year-old man who saved his dad’s baseball card collection cashed it in last year and the money came at the perfect time.  

Eddie Healy, a part-time law student at the University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law, was laid off in July due to the pandemic. Healy plans to graduate in May with his juris doctor degree. 

With all his newly acquired time during the day, he decided to tackle a project that was sitting in his attic for months. There was a storage bin that held his dad’s collection of baseball cards.

Healy shared a love of Baltimore sports and memorabilia with his father, The Washington Post reported. He never thought the cards would have such immense value because growing up they never did. 

“Sports was a major thing for my dad and I, and cards was something that connected us,” Healy said. “I think that’s the coolest thing about this.”

While he was going through the cards, he remembered what his dad always told him, “Don’t open them, don’t get rid of them,” he told The Washington Post. 

Healy decided to start looking up what the cards were worth and to his surprise, after a lot of researching, he found that interest in baseball card collecting was on the rise and that he had some valuable cards. 

After getting the approval from his mom and siblings, Healy decided to sell some of the cards on Robert Edwards Auctions. Just seven of the 23 rack packs that Healy had listed of his dad’s collection totaled more than $16,000 and that was a few days prior to the auction ending online.

“We’re seeing a lot of material that’s coming out of the woodwork, because people are at home, they’re decluttering, they’re sorting, they’ve got time on their hands,” Brian Dwyer, president of Robert Edward Auctions told the Washington Post. “These items might not have been unearthed if business had continued as usual.”

Healey did keep cards for himself and with the money he earned from selling the others he says he will use some to go towards his student loans, will invest part of the earnings and will also save some so that when he finds his soul mate.  

“We’re a pretty middle-class family,” Healy said. “My mom’s a teacher, and it would be nice if she didn’t have to worry about that. It would be like Dad paid for the wedding.”

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