The publicity associated with the recent discovery of Ty Cobb cards from the ‘Lucky 7 Find’ brought out at least one even older piece of baseball memorabilia.
Michigan resident Kathleen Klein saw the story and recalled an old family photo album that contained a cabinet card of her great-great grandfather, a member of the 19th century Detroit Wolverines.
Like Cobb, pitcher Charles “Pretzel” Getzien, was a star on a major league Detroit team. A pitcher, Getzien helped Detroit to an 1887 championship. He was featured with other members of the team on a cabinet card that wound up in that old family album.
While it’s not a high-grade example, it’s still a nice find chronicled here by Forbes.com.
The second ‘most watched’ baseball card for auction on eBay this week is a 2009 Bowman Chrome Mike Trout Orange Refractor, numbered to 25 and graded 9.5 by Beckett.
Bidding closes Thursday night but late Wednesday, it had already topped $14,000. You can see all of the ‘most watched’ cards–new and old– via this link.
The Washington Nationals do read their fan mail—or so they say. During spring training, the Washington Post talked to a few players, including Stephen Strasburg—about some of the more unusual notes and autograph requests they get from fans.
Meanwhile, The Sporting News talked to a die-hard collector chasing autographs at the camps of the Cardinals and Marlins, a task that’s gotten a little tougher with some new restrictions put in place by team management.