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 Dail
y 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?