Peck & Snyder Card Lands Lucky Couple Spot on Leno

The story about the 1869 Peck & Snyder Cincinnati Red Stockings card found amid boxes and boxes of miscellaneous stuff inside a Fresno, CA antique shop has grown legs.

It first appeared in the Fresno Bee. Sports Collectors Daily grabbed on and linked to it...then it hit Yahoo this week and now, Al & Bernice Gallego are famous. They're going to be on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Martha Stewart has called and there were 142 news outlets carrying the Associated Press story as of Friday night. KSEE-TV in Fresno did a story on the find.

It's not surprising. We all love a great story and the fact that, yes, there are still really old baseball cards out there in places no one has discovered. It doesn't happen as often as it used to 25 or 30 years ago, but it happens. In the last two years, we've seen Babe Ruth rookie cards and T206 Wagner cards come out of the woodwork. Now this.

These stories always elicit interesting emotions, not the least of which is envy. As in, "why can't I ever find anything like that?". Guess what? It's still possible. Maybe you'll never find anything on that scale, but even smaller finds are a blast. A 1940s program hiding a couple of big leaguer autographs and priced at $10 at some flea market. A 1930s store model bat or glove at an antique mall--or maybe even a game-used model at a garage sale.

There's another Peck & Snyder card on eBay right now. Just a coincidence, but a great deal for the seller, who's reaping the benefits of some free publicity--some of it from those who probably think it's the Fresno card.

How about a list of your best finds?

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Comment by Rich Mueller on April 21, 2010 at 9:07pm
Great story and a neat item!
Comment by Dennie Cunningham on April 21, 2010 at 9:02pm
I obtained an old bat that was presented to each NY Giant Rooter Club member that attended the 1929 Annual dinner the night before the first game of the season. The dinner was in honor of the Giants Manager, John J Mcgraw. In itself, I thought what a great find. I went over to show it to a friend of mine and I was reading the inscription on the bat and my friend asked to see the bat. I he saw, blew my mind. It was "signed: by Mr. McGraw himself. Most of the signature was gone, but you can make out the Joh then the Mc and the G. I don't think the autograph is worth awhole lot, but I sure know that the man did touch that bat.




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