Looking through it recently, I settled on the miscellaneous pieces of paper that had collected in its back pages. There are a variety of autographs, some on the back of an old song sheet, some on my grandfather's business cards. A folded up notebook sheet with some 70's Indians on it, including Jim and Gaylord Perry.
One particular piece never bothered being noticed, more than just a cursory glance, until recently. I took a good, hard look at it. What I thought was Harry something-or-other was this:
I couldn't figure it out until right then. It hit me like a thunderbolt.
Holy Shitake Mushrooms!!!!!!
I checked quickly on eBay to see if there were any other Hank Greenberg autographs. Sure enough, a few pop up, and there are the telltale signs. The swoopy "H" and the looped and skinny "G"!
There has been a Hank Greenberg autograph in my dad's autograph book for 70 years, the last dozen or so with me, and I didn't even know it! OMG!!! (Sorry, I had to throw that in there. My kids turn 13 on Monday, and I need to keep up with their lingo!)
Has anyone else ever realized that, right under their noses, lies a treasure like this?