Wednesday, January 7, 2009

72 Year Old Lady Finds Oldest Baseball Card Ever Made

Bernice Gallego (no relation to Mike that I know of) recently found an old baseball card while going through stuff in a shoebox to sell on ebay. She listed it on ebay for $10 ($9.99) because she did not want to pay an extra 20 cents in listing fees to start it at a higher price. After one day and a few questions from interested bidders, she decided she should find out more about this card before selling it. Good thing for her she did. It turns out to be a 139 year old card and what is considered to be one of the first baseball cards ever made, a 1869 Peck and Snyder Cincinnati Red Stockings card. Just how valuable it this rare find, well here is one currently listed on ebay:

1869 Peck and Snyder Cincinnati Red Stockings


Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the Hartford Courant article about this find:

In the meantime, Gallego didn't want the card to get lost, so she put it in a sandwich bag and push-pinned it to her laundry room wall.

"If it fell off the wall, the cat would have ate it," Gallego says. "Well, or the dog."

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"When I came to meet her and she took it out of a sandwich Baggie and she was smoking a cigarette, I almost fainted," Mirigian says.

"They've uncovered a piece of history that few people will ever be able to imagine or comprehend. And it comes out of Fresno," Mirigian says. "That card is history. It's like unearthing a Mona Lisa or a Picasso."

Here is the article from the Hartford Courant if you are interested:

Surprise Find: A 139-Year-Old Baseball Card

2 comments:

Sooz said...

I wish I could just stumble upon something like this. So sick.

Dinged Corners said...

Great story find! Wow. I hope the pushpin only went through the baggie.