According to ancient astronaut theorists, some of these wars between different extraterrestrial races may have started as a result of the alien craving and greed for possession of the most precious baseball cards (those of the 1952 Topps set). The anunnaki are said to have started their collection in the times of Nebuchadnezzar, back to the seventh century BC. From the beginning of history we can read stories about the hunting of baseball cards by beings shaped like toothpaste tubes. In some petroglyphs or stone engravings found in Machu Picchu and Gobekli Tepe, rough reproductions of baseball rookie cards can be easily recognized, and one of the Nazca Lines seems to represent the 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle Rookie card. Some of the most valuable baseball cards (due to their beauty and scarcity) have left behind a trace of death and mystery in their wanderings around the world. The most famous account is the one starred by the 1952 Topps Jackie Robinson card, of which only one remains and which was stolen from a Mayan temple in the seventeenth century by a Flemish adventurer named Geertje Dansercoer. Legend has it that Dansercoer was cut to pieces by a harpy that pounced on him as he gawked at the card. Somehow, the card landed in the hands of Louis XVI of France who gave it to his lover Marie de Norpois, who would die the next day guillotined. Her daughter Brigitte inherited the card. According to the chronicles, Brigitte cheated on her husband with the card, and if you look closely at the family portraits, you can see a great similarity between Jackie Robinson card and Brigitte’s seven children. In any case, nothing is known about the card until one century later when it appears in the hands of a Bornean orangutan who gives it to the English explorer Edward G. Connor in exchange for a banana. It seems that the orangutan regretted the exchange because he returned soon after to eat Connor’s liver. Somehow the card ended up in a Munich’s auction house, where it was acquired by Vaclav Svarin, a wealthy Prague banker who apparently ignored the curse weighing on it. The card presided over the banker’s ‘Hall of Wonders’ until one of the first planes of history landed on his bald head. From here the track is lost.

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