Saturday, January 10, 2009

FOUND: 1869 Baseball Card...

...and it's from Cincinnati's first professional baseball team.

The strange story goes like this: Last summer, Bernice Gallego pulled an old baseball card from a box of antiques. She figured it might be worth something to someone, so she listed it on eBay.
The starting bid was $10.

But after getting a flurry of inquiries about whether the card was authentic or not, Gallego started to suspect she was holding something a little more valuable and immediately ended the auction.

Turns out her hunch was correct. She did have something more valuable. The card she found was made in 1869 and featured the "Red Stocking B.B. Club of Cincinnati," the sport's first professional team. It's considered one of the first baseball cards ever produced and its actual value could be worth more than $100,000 when she puts it back on eBay (with a higher starting price, of course).
When I asked my high school friend what he knew about Cincinnati once, he responded: Baseball. Except they suck now.

I think the Reds management should put in to purchase this piece of history.

Actually, the original story from the Fresno Bee is far more interesting than the Yahoo! news story... read that instead.


Wonder Man said...

I need to find a card like that

Anonymous said...

I agree. The Reds need to offer this woman an insane amount of money and then put it in the Hall of Fame.