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1,600 vintage baseball cards found hidden during Idaho home renovation – National

When Melissa Brodt bought a house for restoration late last year, she knew a room needed updating almost immediately. a bedroom with walls tiled with exterior asphalt shingles painted dark green.

Such an odd choice for a wall, she thought, and quickly got to work ripping the roofing material off.

What she found underneath, however, was just as startling as the shingles.

Rows and rows of baseball cards were hidden in the home in Boise, Idaho, taped to the wall with strong adhesive.

Brodt told CNN she discovered about 1,600 maps, most from the 1970s and 80s.

“We’re not really baseball fans, so I didn’t really know what I was watching, but a lot of friends were like, ‘Oh, I know this guy,'” she said.

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Brodt, a real estate agent, shared photos and a video of the find on her Facebook page, and the visual is quite stunning. At one point, she peels off a large strip of shingles to reveal what looks like wallpaper.

“For three weeks I worried about what might be under those shingles,” she told KTVB.com.

“I was surprised, shocked, confused – I wasn’t sure what I was looking at until we kept knocking down the shingles.”

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Curious to know how the cards got there, Brodt contacted the original owners of the house, who had built the house in 1969.

Sure enough, the young boy who lived there – now a 44-year-old – said his mum had given him permission to line his wall with the duplicate maps he had amassed in his large collection.

Luke Brodt stands next to the wall covered in baseball cards.


Melissa Brodt / Facebook


“We got a pretty strong adhesive and each of us got a stack of cards and a paint brush, and we could just paint the glue on the back and stick it to the wall,” Chris Nelson told CNN. “It was a nice little family activity.”

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However, when it came time to redecorate, he realized that they would be using too strong an adhesive and the cards wouldn’t budge.

This is where the mystery of shingles as wallpaper is solved – Nelson took a few bundles of roofing shingles and covered up his baseball cards.

A close view of a section of the wall.


Melissa Brodt / Facebook


Unfortunately, given both the era of the maps and the fact that they’re super glued to the wall, the maps are of little, if any, value.

Brodt’s son Luke told KTVB that he tried googling some of the players on the wall but couldn’t find any cards that were worth much.

However, Brodt said she was happy for someone to come and pick up the cards, if they wanted to. They will just have to take the drywall too.

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