1869 Peck & Snyder Card

Memory Lane Inc. invites sports collectors and fans of 'great discoveries' to tune in to the premier episode of a network television show featuring the story of a rare baseball card.

The sports memorabilia auction company sold the famous Peck & Snyder card earlier this year and it will be featured as The Learning Channel debuts "Accidental Fortune", a new show that will tell the stories of average citizens who find extraordinary and valuable items in ordinary places. The show debuts Wednesday, December 23 at 10 PM Eastern time.

One segment on the hour-long show will spotlight an 1869 Peck & Snyder Cincinnati Red Stockings card that was taken from storage inside a Fresno, CA antique and collectibles store last year. The card was placed on eBay by the shop's owner, Bernice Gallego who was unaware of its scarcity and potential value as one of the first baseball cards ever issued. Later stating she'd have been happy with an offer of $10, Gallego quickly discovered it was worth much more when emails from excited collectors ready to make offers began reaching her mailbox.

Those emails led her to remove the item from eBay as she sought help from others to help find out what the card might actually be worth. Eventually she asked for help from vintage trading card specialist Memory Lane, which agreed to put it up for auction in a special one-card only event.

The Peck & Snyder Red Stockings card attracted intense interest and was sold through Memory Lane for $75,000... quite a bit more than Bernice thought it might fetch when she took it out of a forgotten box in the store. The amazing story also led to Bernice's appearance on the Tonight Show where she told the story of her find.

There are only a small number of the Peck & Snyder cards still in existence and they are in high demand with collectors of vintage baseball cards because they depict the first professional franchise in baseball history. While exact details aren't known, it's strongly believed the cards were printed for promotional or advertising purposes by Peck & Snyder, an early sporting goods company that sold baseball equipment.

Memory Lane is proud to have been associated with one of the hobby's best "finds" of 2009. They're also anxious to launch another exciting event as 2010 draws near. The Big Game Auction will feature only football cards and memorabilia and Memory Lane invites you to consign your items to this special event that will close a week before the Super Bowl. Items are being accepted until January 4th. For more information, visit www.MemoryLaneInc.com or call (877) 606-LANE (5263).