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JRhodes

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Every time I think about "Strange True Stories," I think about Vin Minner, who introduced me to the series 10-12 ago when he pulled a type card out from under his table at the Philly Non-Sports Card show and offered it to me at what I now know was a far-too-low price after he noticed (before I even realized it myself) that I had a taste for 1930s R cards.

Looking at (more accurately priced) "STS" cards online this evening, I started thinking about that exchange and realized that I hadn't seen his ads in "The Wrapper" recently. So I did a little digging and, unfortunately, found this, dated just a few weeks ago: https://obits.nj.com/obituaries/starledger/obituary.aspx?n=vincent-minner&pid=195725386&fhid=17129

I also found this nice tribute, written by a baseball card blogger a decade ago, which reminded me an awful lot of the encounter I had with him once upon a time: http://thevintagesportscards.blogspot.com/2010/08/remembering-card-shows-of-1980s.html

Rest in peace, Vin. You inspired more young card collectors than you probably ever knew.
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Sad to hear.  I had dealt with Vin for many years, he always had 30s stuff as well as T cards.  Always a nice guy over the phone and would go into detail about any potential flaws the card might have.  A true gentleman.  

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I had good dealings with Vin as well.   Time marches on.
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Wow - hadn't had any dealings with Vin in probably 20 years. I often requested his "sales lists" and recall him telling me about his love for actor/actress cards...evidently it was a collecting passion. 
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Vin Minner's table was always one of my first stops when I traveled from Boston by train to the Willow Grove, Pa., shows in the 80s. He will be missed, but fondly remembered. RIP, Vin.
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I never bought cards from Vin but of course remember seeing those adds in the Wrapper. RIP.

"Cards From The Old Wooden Box" what did this mean? Were his cards stored in an old wooden box?

I followed the links and saw the story from the baseball card blogger. I was a friend of the author Chris Stufflestreet and he was a member of our card collecting club. Chris passed 9/22/12.

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I bought from Vin through the Wrapper way back when and met him in person once at a show.  A true gentleman, the hobby will certainly miss him.
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RIP, 89's a good run though, although I see a daughter predeceased him.
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Another veteran dealer gone.  RIP.
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Such a shame to lose another great hobby veteran. I've seen Vin for many, many years at the Philly Non-sport show.  He hasn't been there for a while so I knew something was up. He will certainly be missed! RIP
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Vin was the first friend I made when I started attending the Philly Show about a dozen years ago. We continued dealing through the Wrapper when his health prevented him from continuing to set up at the show. He and his wife moved to assisted living about two years ago and he found it more and more difficult to put together his Wrapper ads. He was hospitalized with pneumonia around the holidays and suffered several setbacks prior to his passing. He was a great guy who'll be greatly missed.

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I had fun talking to Vin at the few shows I was able to travel to (from Florida). I bought a couple of Strange True Tales cards from him, too! (Him and Hugh Jones.) He supplied a lot of collectors with cards and smiles. Sure sorry to see him go. 
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