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Meet the man who wants to own every Tim Wallach baseball card ever printed

Feb 6, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

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Drug addiction. Alcohol addiction. Nicotine addiction. Shopping addiction. Porn addiction. Sex addiction. If we tried we can probably name, oh, a couple dozen addictions we’ve recognized in friends, family or acquaintances. But “Tim Wallach Baseball Card” addiction is a new one to me. From David Roth at SB Nation:

… there is a man in New Mexico named J. Corey Stackhouse who is making it his mission to collect every card ever made for former Montreal Expos All-Star and current Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach.

Stackhouse does not want one of each Wallach card. He wants every single one of each card, and he is appealing to the general public to help him corner the Wallach Market by sending him all of their Tim Wallach cards.

Go read his story. And, if you are so inclined, send him all of your Tim Wallach cards.

 

  1. gothapotamus90210 - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    As a collector in the early 90s, I can attest to having many Tim Wallach cards, which eventually were thrown away with my ~50k common cards. Sorry to crush his dream.

    • 18thstreet - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      Advice for strangers, from me, because this made me really happy.

      Once I realized I similarly had no use for my commons, I gave them away to friends of each team. I mean, a bunch of worthless White Sox cards meant nothing to me, but turned out to be a great little gift to the recipient. Highly recommended, if you have plans to throw them out otherwise.

      • thegrandoldgame - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:18 AM

        Taking them to a children’s hospital is a great use for them, as well. Shriner’s Hospital here where I live takes them all when I bring up a car-load.

      • 18thstreet - Feb 12, 2014 at 9:19 AM

        Wow. That’s WAY nicer. Do that. Forget what I said.

  2. Bryan Robinson - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    I am now going to hold on to my ultra-rare, holographic, first edition Tim Wallach rookie card (signed, naturally) for ransom.

    Your move, Mr. Stackhouse.

    • jeffa43 - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      We both played baseball at Saddleback JC, and I have a tops of every year signed.

      Mr. Stackhouse, 5 k and they are yours.

  3. rollinghighwayblues - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    That 1988 Expos road jersey is sharp as a tack. Wow!

  4. rje49 - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Since they are officially called “trading cards”, I will trade all my Tim Wallach cards to Stackhouse for a mint rookie Joe Schlebotnik card. Hope I spelled that right. I then figure Charlie Brown will give me anything I ask for to get his hands on Joe’s card!

  5. kevinbnyc - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Did Wallach give him a kidney or something?

  6. chiadam - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Hmmm….awkward.

  7. xpensivewinos - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Not a bad strategy. Wallach played when they didn’t make a million cards of each guy each year and even the ones he’ll have to pay for, won’t be very expensive.

    Hmmmmmmm, time to start collecting Todd Zeile cards……

    • xdj511 - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      Actually Wallach did play through the early 90’s which means that there are literally millions of such cards out there.

  8. chaseutley - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    I don’t feel like digging through my parents’ attic. You lose, J. Corey.

  9. anxovies - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    I looked at the Stackhouse article because he is from my home state but quickly got sidetracked by the hypertext to the article about slashfic porn. There is a dark underworld out there of which I had no idea of its existence. The lows of depravity never cease to amaze me. Craig, you can take comfort in the fact that in spite of a diligent internet search I could find no Calcaterra/Manny slashfic.

  10. The Dangerous Mabry - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    With Tim Wallach’s picture next to that headline, I thought the story was just that Tim Wallach was a sad narcissist. I guess this is better? For Tim anyway.

  11. brimab - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    It’s going to cost him if he wants the ones I have

  12. pjmitch - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Always had a kinship with Wallach even though he is not aware of it (creepy, I know)

    Share the same birthday
    Played against him in High School (Me San Clemente, him University in Irvine)
    Attended same JC and used to see him around campus a lot, and that is when he began to rake
    Attended same University, (Cal State Fullerton) where he played and I watched him bring home a ’79 National Championship

    So take that Stackhouse!!!

  13. xdj511 - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    I collected for most of my life and went to lots of local and national shows. There are all types of collectors out there. Some of them are in it for the money. Those guys were the easiest ones to figure out. I was a set builder. I loved going through “bargain bins” at shows and pulling out cards I didn’t have. When there were other collectors going through the cards next to me I used to peek at the ones they were pulling out and try to figure out what they were doing. Some of them were building sets like me. Some guys would look for particular teams or players (not to the extent of Mr. Stackhouse, I salute you!) and others pulled cards for no obvious reason at all, unless it was for pure personal asthetics.

    His quest is admirable, but in the end there are too many setbuilders like me who aren’t about to break up every one of their sets to give away their Tim Wallachs. It would be funny though if he is successful enough to create a noticable rarity of Tim Wallachs in the open market and drive up the price of his remaining cards. I look forward to going to a show someday and seeing a 1990 Donruss Tim Wallach under a showcase with a $50 price tag because Mr. Stackhouse has collected nearly all of the rest!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      Sounds a little like the plot of Goldfinger.

      • apmn - Feb 6, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        Most unexpected comment ever.

  14. icanspeel - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    So how long until this guys appears in the headlines for breaking into Tim Wallach’s house and laying nude in his bed?

  15. nocitpeced - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    I think J. Corey Stackhouse watched Silver Spoons as a kid & saw the episode where the grandfather bought every single Tommy Lasorda card to increase their value.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1191721/

  16. clesportsfan - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Creepy…

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