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Rare old Orioles baseball card set has a storied history

Rare old Orioles baseball card set has a storied history

He leans forward at the desk in his cluttered study, fanning out three baseball cards like a man unveiling the winning hand in a poker game. The faces are in black and white, the subjects in bow ties and upturned mustaches. The names — Gleason, Hemming, Reitz — would mean little to most modern fans. Yet the players belonged to perhaps the greatest team in local baseball history, the cards to a set so rare that owning them changed Dan McKee's life. He sold them for six figures in 2006, earning enough on the deal to purchase his family's dream home in northern Baltimore County. But for the 51-year-old lifelong hobbyist, the sale also came to represent the way...

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