The Gift That Keeps on Giving

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

When A.L. Cox, Jr died on April 26, 2006, he likely had no idea that his massive card collection would cement his legacy in the Tulsa area.

As reported by Tulsa World, Cox had collected nearly 600,000 cards, mostly baseball, and various other pieces of sports memorabilia. His son and daughter did not want to see them go to waste so his son and daughter donated them to the Tulsa County Parks Department. Parks officials agreed to distribute the cards to children that participated in the county's baseball leagues. Now Cox's collection can be enjoyed by many.

In 2007, the collection had an estimated value of $21,330 although due to the collection's sheer size, it would be difficult to get an exact amount of its worth today.

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1996-97 Pinnacle Rink Collection #218 Peter Ferraro
$1.16
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2007-08 Ultimate Collection Debut Threads Patches #DT-JS James Sheppard 50
$29.99
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2008-09 Ultimate Collection Ultimate Jerseys Autographs #AJ-JI Jarome Iginla 25
$39.99
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2005-06 Ultimate Collection Al Jefferson #7 serial numbered 597 750
$0.99
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2008-09 Ultimate Collection Debut Threads Patches #DT-MD Matt D'Agostini 50
$29.99
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1996-97 Pinnacle Rink Collection #229 Jan Caloun
$1.16
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1994 Upper Deck Roger Clemens Diamond Collection Insert Card Boston Redsox
$5.99
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2008-09 Ultimate Collection Debut Threads Patches #DT-FR Michael Frolik 50
$29.99



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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

User Comments

  1. Sounds like a nice story…would have like to see more. What was the most valuable card in the collection? For 600,000 cards, a value of $20,000 doesn’t seem like much…did he have a bunch of late 80′s and early 90′s stuff? Are the kids getting interested in the hobby?

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