It’s a night one hobby shop owner will never forget.
Steve Tingwall of Columbia Hobby in Vancouver, WA, was doing some on-camera box breaks over the weekend when he decided to grab a 2017 Panini National Treasures baseball box, which usually carries a retail price of around $425. He had sold eight cases of the product since it was released last October and decided to open one for himself to get a little baseball product into the one-hour video.
There are eight cards in each one-pack box. After getting a glimpse of what was obviously a special hit when he pulled the stack of cards from the freshly opened package, he was floored when he opened the bi-fold card that was sitting on the bottom.
The 1/1 dual cut signature autograph card of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig was the top hit in the entire product.
Tingwall says he’ll sell it eventually.
“I’m listening to offers, but not in a rush to move it right now,” he told us. “My daughter will be attending college soon and my wife and I really had no idea how to pay for it. The proceeds from the card will be paying for her schooling.”
The card has already generated some mainstream media attention (see story below from KING-TV in Seattle).