I know almost as much as he did....he was just able to predict and beat the next trend most the time.......I just have a family and cant spend the time on here he did...he was good about who the next star to sky-rocket would be....and what products or type of were going to be moving upwardThat is too bad. When I first saw this topic posted, I had a feeling the outcome was not going to be good considering Claude's well known health issues.
This last health issue must have come out of the blue since Claude had started some extensive set building projects that could only be categorized as "long Term".
If someone knows his last name, you might be able to do an online search and find an obituary for him in one of his local newspapers.
If Claude has indeed passed that is a big loss for this site as he is by far the most knowledgeable member on The Bench that I have come across when it comes to sportscards.
I did the same and came up with nothing...........Could be in hospice/rehabilitation following the discharge from the hospital...........Just concentrating on his health at this point...........Hoping thinking though..........I did a search in the obituaries for Claude McCullough Jr., but nothing popped up. Just an obit for his father. I hope that this is a sign that he's still with us, but still recovering.
@mrmoparThe same message was shared on the FCB site and it brought me here. Seeing the name posted, I did some looking myself, but found nothing that would indicate he had passed away. Then again, printed/online obituaries seem to be a dying (no pun intended) tradition now. You are more apt to see people posting tribute messages on a facebook page or other social media now, if that person is active on those platforms. I did find his facebook page and saw that he was apparently having some major financial struggles. I found the situation very sad, especially if he had rich relatives, as it seems there was nobody willing/able to help him out. Most postings were pre-covid too, so that situation has only caused more struggle with a lot of folks.
We all come online, mostly anonymously, on sites like these. We build rapport with each other, but most of us never really get to know other members beyond our daily comments/discussions and trades. Some take it a step further with direct communications (phone/test) and even fewer take it to the extreme and meet, but I'd guess that is fairly rare.
I know speaking from personal experience, I have met a couple ebay sellers, but these were more local transactional meets. I can't say I have developed a true friendship with those folks. I have to my knowledge, met only one card site member in person and this was after getting to know this person online and through trades and phone calls for 20 years! I call this person a real friend and although we have only met the 1 time now, we have been in communication for about 25 years now.