In 2009, Haulsofshame.com submitted a report to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the NYPL detailing items stolen from the library in the 1970s and including information related to the sale of suspect items fitting descriptions of items missing from the Spalding Collection. The Reach cabinet card offered by Slater’s in 1997 was included in the report submitted to the FBI as a possible match for the missing photo. The photograph depicted in the 1997 Slater’s auction was not definitive since the quality of the image was so poor.
Jimmy Leiderman requested additional scans of the reverse of the card from the seller and this morning the seller posted the image of the reverse on eBay. The image confirmed that the card is the missing Reach from the NYPL, evidenced by the tell-tale numeral “3? handwritten on the upper left corner. The numeral was originally written by baseball researcher Charles W. Mears sometime after1922, as Mears was responsible for cataloguing the collection for storage in boxes. The “3? indicates that the card was stored in “Box 3? of the Spalding Collection.
UPDATE (Wed. Aug 31): Since it was revealed in our report yesterday that the Al Reach cabinet being offered on eBay is the missing photo stolen from the New York Public Library, 13 bids have been placed on the photo with eBay seller “earlierera.”
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