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1869 Peck & Snyder card sells for $75k!

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , on February 11, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

Figured I’d bring this full circle.  The 1869 Peck & Snyder card my friend at the Fresno Bee wrote about six weeks ago sold yesterday at auction for a whopping $75,285.78. You can read his story here. In case you forgot, this is the card that became a national story after a Fresno, Calif., woman found it in a box of antiques. The woman, an antique dealer of vintage age herself, initially tried to sell the card on eBay for a mere $10 before a good friend advised her otherwise. Since then she’s had the card authenticated and slabbed by PSA, had the card (and her story) featured in/on the Fresno Bee, New York Times, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Deadspin.com, the front page of Yahoo.com and published in various Beckett magazines. Of course after Mike published the story, I brought it to you first (sorta). Thanks, Mike.

Card of the Day: 2007 UD Masterpieces Lou Gehrig

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

**Note: With the All-Star game taking place this week at Yankee Stadium, I will spend the next several days showcasing cards from my Yankee collection.

Is there a more sympathetic scene in baseball history than that of Lou Gehrig standing in Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939, giving his farewell speech? “Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.” The speech is nearly seven decades old now, and yet the aforementioned phrase remains one of most memorable ones in the history of the game, and likely the most famous words ever spoken at Yankee Stadium. After being stricken with ALS, Gehrig was forced from the game in early 1939 at age 36. Dubbed the Iron Horse because of his durability, Gehrig played 2,130 games straight and collected more than 2,700 hits in his 17 seasons in The Bigs. He wound up with a career batting average of .340, slugged 493 homers and drove in 1,995 runs. Oddly enough the number of RBIs Gehrig collected is identical to the year (1995) in which Cal Ripken Jr. would break Gehrig’s consecutive game streak. The 2007 UD Masterpieces Gehrig card pictured here is no where close to being Gehrig’s most valuable (this one is only $6), let alone the most valuable one in my collection. But during a week in which we as baseball fans honor Yankee Stadium and it’s legacy, there is no other Gehrig card — neither autograph, nor game-used — that better encompasses the memory of Gehrig at The Stadium. Continue reading