Back in 2009, a 72 year old antique dealer named Bernice Gallego found an extremely rare baseball card in a storage unit in Fresno, California.
How rare you ask? How about 1869 rare!
The card itself depicts the 10 person team that called themselves the Cincinnati Red Stockings back in 1869. The card has the players on the front and an advertisement on the back and could be one of the first baseball cards ever made.
Bernice tried to sell it on eBay but was quickly convinced to take it down because the card is worth somewhere close to $20,000. She admits that she had no idea what she had in her possession.
This is a dream find for anyone who frequents auctions at storage facilities. While it is true that you can sometimes find some great items in units that have gone up for auction, it is rare that you find an item of such value.
Being an antique dealer I’m sure Bernice has come across her fair share of valuable items over the years, and I’m sure this won’t be the last. But I am always amazed at what people keep in their storage units. And almost stunned at what people let go to auction…