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Rare 1869 Baseball Card almost sold for $10 on eBay

Bernice Gallego 72 of Fresno proudly showing her rare collectible find an 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Baseball Card one of the first ever made and Valued it at over $100,000 she first listed it on eBay for $10

Bernice Gallego 72 of Fresno proudly showing her rare collectible find an 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Baseball Card one of the first ever made and Valued it at over $100,000 she first listed it on eBay for $10

Bernice Gallego  [72] a Fresno antiques dealer recently listed a baseball card on eBay with the bidding starting at $10. When she got more inquiries than expected about its condition Gallego canceled the auction and looked into what she had. 

Turns out it was an Extremely Rare 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Baseball Card – one of the first baseball cards ever printed and is worth six figures – more than $100,000 USD. I’d Be Smiling too.

The 1869 Baseball Card is so Rare that Experts are trying to Determine its Value. The Fresno woman is listing it again on eBay and will have enough to Retire in style. Congratulations Bernice. Make Money – Be Happy.

The 1869 Peck & Snyder Baseball Card – Red Stocking B.B. Club of Cincinnati featuring ten players – is of the first professional baseball team – the Cincinnati Red Stockings. Formed in 1868 , the team set the foundation for what we today call Major League Baseball – MLB.

Extremely Rare 1869 Baseball Card the 1869 Peck & Snyder Cincinnati Red Stocking Baseball All-Stars the First Professional Baseball Team

Extremely Rare 1869 Baseball Card the 1869 Peck & Snyder Cincinnati Red Stocking Baseball All-Stars the First Professional Baseball Team

 

The Red Stockings brought in the best baseball players from around the country. They went around and challenged all comers and were undefeated – winning by 30 , 40  sometimes 50 Runs a Game. These were the First All-Stars. In 1871 – what the Red Stockings started would evolve into the first baseball league and the first sports league.

In 1869 the team’s picture ended up on the front of a card advertising Peck & Snyder – a baseball equipment company.  The 1869 Peck & Snyder card was larger and focused on the whole team – not individual players like today.

A piece of history has been unearthed in unlikely Fresno California.

It’s like Discovering a Van Gogh. Make Money – Be Happy.

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Somali Pirates Drown with $3 Million Ransom

Crime Does Pay for Somali Pirates this time receiving $3 Million Ransom by Parachute while aboard the Sirius Star a SuperTanker of Saudi Aramco Six of the 14 Somali Pirates Paid with their Life when their getaway small ship capsized

Crime Does Pay for Somali Pirates this time receiving $3 Million Ransom by Parachute while aboard the Sirius Star a SuperTanker of Saudi Aramco Six of the 14 Somali Pirates Paid with their Life when their getaway small ship capsized

Crime Pays for Somali Pirates. After a two month stand-off in the Gulf of Aden aboard Saudi Aramco’s Supertanker “Sirius Star” the Pirates of Somalia received a $3 Million USD Ransom Payment by Parachute.

Five of Thirteen Pirates Drowned and Died with their share of the Ransom when their small boat Capsized Fleeing the scene. The others reached shore after swimming for several hours.

The Sirius Star Supertanker owned by  oil giant Saudi Aramco – was seized off the east African coast on November 15 2008. It was the Somali Pirates largest catch to date – with a Cargo of 2 Million Barrels of Crude Oil at the time Valued at USD $100 million – now worth closer to $80 Million.

The crew of the Sirius Star was Safe and the Supertanker has left Somali territorial waters and is headed to Dammam , Saudi Arabia along with it’s Cargo of Two Million Barrels of Crude Oil.

The problem has been out of control with more than 100 ships being attacked off the Horn of Africa in 2008.

The Sirius Star’s release came as the US Fifth Fleet announced that a task force targeting piracy would be launching in late January. Nato and the European Union already have warships in the Gulf and the Chinese Navy has said it will assist.

“We don’t consider ourselves sea bandits – they are those who illegally fish in our seas and dump nuclear waste in our seas and carry weapons of war in our seas. We are simply patrolling our seas. Think of us like a coast guard.” – Somali Pirate   “Hostages don’t do the trick anymore – you can’t use them for Bargaining – since People don’t matter in this outrageous society  – only Commodities do.”

Given all the other people involved in the piracy industry, including those who feed the hostages, it has become a mainstay of the Puntland economy . The town is a safe-haven where very little is done to stop the pirates.

The coastal region of Puntland is booming. Fancy houses are being built – expensive cars are being bought. When the president of Puntland – Adde Musa was asked about the reported wealth of pirates and their associates – he said: ” It’s more than true “.

In southern Somalia , kidnappings against aid workers has increased.  Foreign aid is a major source of income for warlords and bandits, and these fellows are being more aggressive going after it. The UN has European warships to escort the aid ships ( carrying food for the third of Somalis who are in danger of starving to death ) but once the supplies are ashore – the aid groups must try and bribe the local gunmen to get the food to the starving Somalis. That is becoming increasingly expensive  and donors don’t like seeing so much of their money going to bandits – rather than starving women and children.

The Somali Pirates are just as much a part of the Capitalist racket as the rest of the Gangsters. Somali piracy is no longer a minor problem – it threatens the global economy.

 

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