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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.

Does this look familiar? UPDATED!

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , on January 8, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

yahoo1Does this look familiar? The story about the Red Stockings 1869 Peck & Snyder baseball card found in Fresno, Calif., is making the rounds on the Internet this week, and this morning it hit the front page of Yahoo.  While you’re reading that story, probably for the first or second time, remember who brought that to you first.  I’m half kidding.

I’m excited for two big reasons today: My friend who wrote the story is getting published everywhere, and secondly,baseball cards are back in national headlines … and it does not involve a certain Derek Jeter card. Love the Internet.

UPDATE: Word is this story could be mentioned TONIGHT on the CBS Evening News With Katie Couric.

UPDATE 2: Now it looks like it could be Friday … something is in the works though.

Rare first 1869 baseball card unearthed in California

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

1869redstockingsbackofcardBack in September, my college buddy and one of my best friends, reporter/columnist Mike Osegueda at the Fresno Bee newspaper, wrote me an e-mail asking about baseball cards. It was an odd inquiry considering that Mike really hadn’t collected cards since the early 1990s. But he knew that I was addicted to the cardboard. He wanted to know if I had ever seen this card to the left.

One of Mike’s sources contacted him and shared this story about a female antique dealer uncovering this 1869 Peck & Snyder card featuring the Cincinnati Red Stockings, considered to be one of the first cards ever made.

Mike’s story was published today. Read HERE for all the details on this historical find. Truely amazing.