Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Just How Much Did That Little Old Lady Make?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a lady from Fresno who found possibly the oldest baseball card produced, and if you didn't read it here you may have seen it on Yahoo or CNN or any number of other sites. Anyway, she finally put the card up on eBay in a three day auction with a starting bid of 99 cents. I was thinking that this card would sell for $20,000 or so, but I was wrong. I was wrong by a fairly significant amount. Just how much did this rare piece of collecting history go for? Check it out and see for yourself:

1869 Peck & Snyder Card

Update: I was notified by a reader that this is not the actual card found by the lady in Fresno. The action states that is was "the same card featured by Yahoo". I find that terminology to be a little misleading, but I now realize it to mean that it is simply the same card, but not the exact card found. The same reader provided the link to the actual action for the card found in Fresno and it is currently being auctioned off by Memory Lane Auctions. The current bidding is up to $26,500 and there are still 15+ days to go. You can follow it here:

The Actual 1869 Card Found In Fresno

4 comments:

capewood said...

If I had $30,000 to spend, I think I'd buy some thing other than a baseball card.

Chris said...

It's all relative. The guy that bought this probably has a couple of million dollars sitting in his account, so 30k is not that big of a deal to him/her. I think I'd rather have a '52 Mantle but maybe the winning bidder already has a '52 Mantle.

Ross said...

The card that recently sold is not the card found by Bernice. While this is the first recognized baseball card, it isn't the only one by a long shot and there are many in private collections. Whomever sold the one on ebay, an extremely trimmed down version I might add, was simply bangwagoning on Bernice's fame. Her card will now be featured in a current Memory Lane auction.

http://www.memorylaneinc.com/site/bid/bidplace.asp?itemid=13011

Chris said...

Thanks for the info and the link. I guess the wording in the auction is a little misleading when it says it is "the same card referenced by yahoo". I guess they mean it is not the exact card found, but just the same card.