A good raccoon coat appears to be made of one skin; there is a continuity of pattern. A new three-quarter-length woman's coat begins at about $750. A used one goes for $350 or $400 depending on color and condition. A coat can vary in color from tan to almost silver. The darker shades are preferred. A coat of superior quality contains little of the raccoon's stomach, because the fur there is thinner and will become worn.
I asked Lou if he was selling many raccoon coats. "Raccoon is back. Try it on," he said. I did. There was no urge to sneeze, but rather an overwhelming desire to carry Lou off the field on my shoulders.
He said, "About a thousand dollars."
I told Lou that I would be back when my team could live up to this coat. "Try the pockets, anyway."
There were no original baseball trading cards inside.