St. Paul, Minn., Mar 11, 2021 / 12:53 am (CNA).- A baseball card collection worth thousands of dollars was a split second away from being dropped into a trash can and disappearing forever in a landfill.

Father John Ubel, rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, recalled that moment, which took place more than 15 years ago when he was transferred to a different priestly assignment and wanted to purge some of his belongings. He wasn’t sure what to do with a box containing hundreds of cards in mint condition from the 1970s, including Minnesota Twins players like Tony Oliva and Rod Carew.

“Every time you move assignments, it’s a great opportunity to divest yourself a bit,” he said. “I literally had them out at the trash, and changed my mind and brought them back in.”

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