Rare 19th Century Baseball Card Discovered

1869 Peck and Snyder Reds card A California antique dealer discovers a 19th century treasure among the stacks of items she put on eBay.

It doesn’t look like a baseball card.

Not in the sense of what they became in the 20th century. So you’ll have to cut Bernice Gallego some slack if her antique dealing eyes didn’t realize what she had lying around her place was not only a card–but a piece of baseball history.

Bernice and her husband Al have been putting things on eBay for awhile now and thought the little black and white team photo might be worth something to somebody.

Then the phone started ringing and the e-mails started coming in. It turns out the card is an 1869 Peck & Snyder card–a little advertisement for an early sporting goods company. It’s one of the most desirable pieces for baseball collectors and this one is the real deal.

1869 Peck & Snyder trade cards are out there in small quantities. There’s one for sale on eBay right now. Another sold at a Robert Edward Auctions sale in 2006 for over $26,000, but it’s still quite a find.

Read the story in the Fresno Bee to see the photos–and a theory about how they might have acquired this piece of rare sports memorabilia.