All signs of the culprit point to one thing, and only one thing. Tape.
Tape is to the baseball card what kryptonite is to Superman.
It has destroyed far too many cards only to take their value with it.
I bet this was quite the desirable card to have in 1961 with Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris taking aim at Babe Ruth's record for homers in a season.
Most wanted Mantle to break the mark. But it was his teammate that would eventually hit number 61.
I could imagine New Yorkers, heck most all baseball fans, choosing sides.
It must have been like Conan O'Brien vs. Jay Leno.
By the way, I'm with Coco.