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Sy Berger dies at 91; father of the modern-day baseball card
Sy Berger dies at 91; father of the modern-day baseball card

On a garbage scow off New Jersey, an executive for a powerful organization was getting rid of a costly problem. He watched in silence as a lever was pulled and box after box plunged into the dark waters: Goodbye, Mickey Mantle. Goodbye, Jackie Robinson. Goodbye, Eddie Mathews. Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye. On a nod from Sy Berger, a vice president of the Topps chewing gum company, the crew jettisoned some 2 million 1952 baseball cards that had been clogging up the company's Brooklyn warehouse for about eight years. Down went cards that had been released too late in the season to generate interest with the boys who were the company's lifeblood; down went cards that in later years...

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