San Diego Sports Card Collector Hopes to Trade Collection for a House

San Diego Sports Card Collector Hopes to Trade Collection for a House

San Diego resident Clyde Bone has gathered an impressive and valuable collection of baseball cards and sports memorabilia over the years. So much so, that he has posted an advertisement on Craigslist in which he offers to trade his collection for a house.

According to him he will accept most any type of home, including a fixer-upper or one that has some degree of equity and a mortgage he can take over. His only requirement is that the house have a nice scenic view.

Bone says the book value of his sports card collection is somewhere in the neighborhood of $500,000 and represents over half a century of collecting. Among the many rare treasures in the collection are 5,000 New York Yankee vintage baseball cards which include twenty-eight 1962 Mickey Mantle cards, one of which he says is in mint condition. Unorthodox

Bone is a retired San Diego firefighter that once helped coach baseball for a local college. His baseball background also includes a stint as a scout for the Toronto Blue Jays as well as brief tenior as the equipment manager for the San Diego Padres in 1989. He also ran a sports card shop from 1990-93.

A divorced father of three, Bone's sudden interest in selling his cherished collection of sports cards was prompted by the rekindling of an old Flame. The 57 year old Californian recently got back in touch with a girl he knew in junior high school and they hit it off so well that they are now engaged to be married. “I want to convert my collection into happiness rather than just pass it on to someone," said Bone.

Opting to forgo the process of selling his collection piece by piece, Bone remains hopeful that his ad will strike a chord with the right person so that he and his fiancée will have a new place to call home.

“People will consider about everything these days, especially if a lady is willing to marry for health insurance," Bone said, referring to a recent You Tube ad from a Vista woman with high medical expenses who was seeking a husband with health coverage.

Since first posting the Craigslist listing at the beginning of February, Bone has received some responses but no one has offered to trade him a house - at least not yet.

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Mike Smeth is the CEO and Founder of The Cardboard Connection. After collecting baseball cards as a child, he took a 12-year hiatus from the hobby. One muggy summer day in 2006 he unexpectedly came across his childhood card collection while packing up for a move. He began sorting through them so he could sell them on Craigslist. Somewhere between the 3rd and 4th box, he rediscovered his passion for collecting and hasn't looked back since. You can find Mike on Google+ and Twitter @mikesmethcc.

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