Thursday, January 8, 2009

Grandma Finds Rare 1869 Baseball Card

This deserves a "Sure To Blow Your Mind!"

Bernice Gallego, an antique collector in Fresno, recently found the team photo in a random box of goodies that she was rummaging through in an effort to decide what to sell on Ebay.

The card, expected to be worth SIX FIGURES, is of the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, the very first professional baseball team. Once again, she DID try to sell this on Ebay; starting bid, 10 bucks!!

She quickly changed her mind and took it off auction when she kept getting inquiries from people asking her if the picture was legitimately authentic.

She's now waiting on a buyer after consulting with baseball card enthusiasts on what to do, but here's the kicker: good ole', sweet Bernice says she's never even been to a baseball game, and that she's just extremely lucky.

You can read the full story from the Fresno Bee. One of my favorite quotes, after being told that NY Yankees owner George Steinbrenner may be a potential buyer: Bernice replies, "Who's George Steinberg?"

And here I thought my 1956 Don Zimmer was a gem!

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