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Kicker: Zuckerberg’s baseball card

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Mark Zuckerberg’s homemade baseball card is hitting the auction block


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PAUL BUTLER, HOST: We’ve all heard stories of people stumbling across valuable baseball cards, perhaps in grandma’s attic.

So when I tell you that New Yorker Allie Tarantino found a potentially very valuable card that had been tucked away for years, you might think of the usual names—Hank Aaron or Mickey Mantle, perhaps.

But no. This card pictures a young boy, about 8 or 9 years old, holding a baseball bat and smiling for the camera in a red uniform. The kid even autographed his card, perhaps hoping he would one day become a big league star.

Well, that never happened. The player on this particular card never played pro ball, but it is a name you would likely recognize: Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook.

Tarantino was Zuckerberg’s summer camp counselor 30 years ago, and Mark offered the card as a parting gift.

The card will soon hit the auction block, and there’s no telling how much it will fetch.

Tarantino said “On the back of his card, [Zuckerberg] put a .920 batting average — which is like impossible in baseball. So even as a little kid, he was aiming high.”

It’s The World and Everything in It.

PAUL BUTLER, HOST: We’ve all heard stories of people stumbling across valuable baseball cards, perhaps in grandma’s attic.

So when I tell you that New Yorker Allie Tarantino found a potentially very valuable card that had been tucked away for years, you might think of the usual names—Hank Aaron or Mickey Mantle, perhaps.

But no. This card pictures a young boy, about 8 or 9 years old, holding a baseball bat and smiling for the camera in a red uniform. The kid even autographed his card, perhaps hoping he would one day become a big league star.

Well, that never happened. The player on this particular card never played pro ball, but it is a name you would likely recognize: Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook.

Tarantino was Zuckerberg’s summer camp counselor 30 years ago, and Mark offered the card as a parting gift.

The card will soon hit the auction block, and there’s no telling how much it will fetch.

Tarantino said “On the back of his card, [Zuckerberg] put a .920 batting average — which is like impossible in baseball. So even as a little kid, he was aiming high.”

It’s The World and Everything in It.


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