MIND YOUR METRICS
I believe you are swimming upstream. Your article on triathlons (Meet a Couple of Crazies, July 4) mentions a .9-mile swim, a 24.8-mile bike ride and a 6.2-mile run. How about a 1.5-km swim, a 40-km bike ride and a 10-km run? Let's be realistic—Americans know what meters are. Ben Johnson covered 100 of them, not 109.36 yards, in 9.83 seconds.
La Jolla, Calif.
I loved Dan Geringer's article about baseball-card collecting (Mr. Mint, July 4). However, it reminded me of a humiliating experience.
A few years ago I attended a baseball-card show in Minneapolis at which I asked a prominent dealer if he had any copies of the 1974 rookie catchers card. After searching through his collection, he located nine of those cards. When I asked how much he wanted for them, he replied, "Ah, you can have them. They aren't worth anything!"
Little did he know that I was one of the catchers on that card. I've been chagrined ever since, but Mr. Mint's statement, "Prices are going wild right now," gives me encouragement. Maybe even my rookie card is worth something in this frenzied market. One can only hope.
Cubs 1973-74: Twins 1975
Apple Valley, Wis.
?Mr. Mint says the card (below) is worth as much as $2.—ED.