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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,, the front page of and published in various Beckett magazines. Of course after Mike published the story, I brought it to you first (sorta). Thanks, Mike.

Oldest Card Update

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

Well, I’m still not sure if the story about the oldest baseball card being unearthed in Fresno, Calif. made it to the CBS Nightly News with Katie Couric, (my wife was in labor that night) but the story did make it to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno Show last week. In case you missed the Jay Leno episode, you can see it (HERE). It’s toward the middle of the episode, just skip through the crap and wait for the commercials to play. It’s worth watching if you’re a card collector.

Also, big shout to my boy Mike Osegueda, the reporter at the Fresno Bee who broke the news to the world. He made it into the new Beckett Baseball. Chris Olds, editor of Beckett Baseball, contacted Mike about two weeks ago — after Chris finished working on the Rookie Card Rolodex, and after this story went national — to get permission to run a photo of the card in the magazine. There is a short snippet on Page 44 of the new magazine, which hit shelves on Tuesday. Whether you like or hate Beckett, you have to admit it’s a cool thing seeing your name — or that of a person you know — in print. Mike and I are both newspaper reporters so the whole name in print thing is common, but this is pretty neat considering we both have collected cards and have held Beckett in high regard. The closest I ever got was having one of my eBay sales (2001 UD HOFers Walter Johnson cut signature /5 ) mentioned in a special blurb. Ha.