Be careful what you use as a bookmark, warns Richard Davies, writing a piece for the online used book seller AbeBooks.com (linked here).
Book store owners have found all kinds of things when given boxes for sale or donations. Dollar bills. A Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card. A marriage certificate from 1879.
And a golf scorecard signed by Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax.
When we contacted Dorsett for more information, he gave us this:
“I was at a flea market and bought a book on golf for a friend. I had had it for a week or two and picked it up to take to my friend when the scorecard fell out. I hadn’t noticed the card when I bought the book and idly glanced at it, immediately noticing the names, but attached no significance to them as they had been hand printed.
“It was only when I turned the card over that I had that BINGO! moment upon seeing the actual signatures. I gave the book to my friend (no, I didn’t tell him) and sold the card to an acquaintance who was and still is a diehard Dodger fan. Made a nice little profit since I paid $1.00 for the book and got consideably more than that for the signatures.
“This all took place 12-15 years ago. I’m not sure of the book’s name, but I think it was by Sam Snead. I think the golf course was Rancho Park. I can’t ask my friend since he passed away a few years ago.
“I’ve come across several similar mysteries like that involving other books. Like: How did a book from a library in Maine, checked out in 1942, wind up on the West Coast in a box of books in Lancaster in 2011? The library still exists and I returned the book, but the records of who checked it out no longer exist.
“Or, how did the book ‘A Cellarfull of Noise’ by the Beatles’ former manager Brian Epstein — and signed by him — happen to show up in the back of a church pew where hymnals are placed in a little town in Kansas?
“This is the kind of thing that drives me nuts, but is also addictively intriguing.”