It’s a great story–and everyone wants Al & Bernice Gallego to talk about discovering a 140 year-old baseball card in their antique shop…including a couple of national TV talk show hosts The card has now been authenticated and is ready for auction.
PSA put its stamp of approval on the 1869 Peck & Snyder card that almost wound up on eBay for a $9.95 minimum bid. The card has been deemed "authentic" with no numerical grade assigned.
The owners of Collectique, a Fresno, CA antique shop have the rare baseball card back in their possession after taking it in for authentication. It won’t hit the auction block until sometime next month at the earliest, but in the meantime Al and Bernice Gallego say they’re flabbergasted by the attention they’ve been getting.
The story of how the card was listed on eBay, then pulled after collectors realized it was the scarce trade card featuring the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, has hit the national media. They’ll make a national TV appearance next Tuesday night–and a couple of others.
In Fresno, the story has generated quite a buzz, too. KSEE-TV stopped by to give us a look at the card in its new holder.
The Fresno Bee took us inside their long, strange trip to becoming at least a little bit famous.