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Baseball Card Collector is Student of the Game

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For many baseball card collectors, they are looking for that one special card. However, this preacher-man has a favorite card and it has nothing to do with baseball players who play professionally. For many baseball card collectors, they are looking for that one special card. However, this preacher-man has a favorite card and it has nothing to do with baseball players who play professionally.
KILLEN, AL (WAFF) -

Stan Pruitt's easy going manner serves him well as an employee of the local gas company and a pastor. He remembers the "long gone" baseball cards of his youth. "Probably most of them went into bicycle spokes."

He now has a "healthy" collection. "This is what I call the cream of my crop, but I've probably got 4-thousand cards. But very few make it to what I call the books."

For many baseball card collectors, they are looking for that one special card. However, this preacher-man has a favorite card and it has nothing to do with baseball players who play professionally.

"But my prized cards right now are these two," "These are my son. These are my oldest son when he was 11 and 12 years old", said the proud dad.

But if you take those out of the running, "My favorite card right now is one that I got a week or so ago, that I traded for and it's a '73 tops that has Johnny Bench and Pete Rose in it."

He said this collection is something he can share with his sons, 25 year Greer and 21 year old Bryant. "We are a baseball family. And we, I grew up playing little league baseball. I played through Dixie majors when I was growing up. I was very fortunate to have two boys. Very fortunate that they loved the game as well."

He says he simply loves this past time, and he allows himself a treat every day. "I keep unopened baseball cards in my cabinet at work, and as a treat to myself I open one pack a day."

We asked if he was looking for that one card which could send a child to college.

"I don't have those illusions of grandeur that one day I'm going to get that card and I'm not in it for the money. People tell me all the time you know, why do you collect baseball cards. There's no money in it. And I don't do it for the money. I do it because it reconnects me with my boys. It reconnects me to a time in my life when life was a lot simpler", says Pruitt.

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