Bernice Gallego sat down one day this summer, as she does pretty much every day, and began listing items on eBay.The card was produced in 1869 -- 139 years ago -- and features the Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first professional team in baseball history.
She dug into a box and pulled out a baseball card. She stopped for a moment and admired the picture. "Red Stocking B.B. Club of Cincinnati," the card read, under a sepia tone photo of 10 men with their socks pulled up to their knees. The card itself was dirty and wrinkled in a few places.
It was definitely old, Gallego thought. ... She did what she does with most items: Took a picture, wrote a description and put it up for auction. She put a $10 price tag on it, deciding against $15 because it would have cost her an extra 20 cents.
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