published on March 30, 2016 - 5:42 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Fresno State will debut a vintage baseball card exhibition featuring some of the most famous Fresno-area Major League Baseball players of the 20th century on April 1. 

The collection features trading cards for Fresno High School alumni Frank Chance and Tom Seaver,  Selma High’s Bobby Cox and 25 other local greats, all of which will be on display at the Henry Madden Library from April 1 to May 30. 

The collection includes more than 380 baseball cards and will be the inaugural exhibition of the Fresno-based American Baseball Card Museum. The museum is a nonprofit organization designed to promote and facilitate the study and appreciation of American culture, history and art through baseball cards. 

The museum’s strategy is to build its collection with tax-deductible card donations from aging collectors. 

The exhibit includes more than 35 of Chance’s tobacco and candy cards from the beginning of the 20th century and more than 30 Dave Henderson cards from the end of the century. Cards from the T206 set—the set including the iconic Honus Wagner card—American Caramel, T205, Goudy Gum, Sporting News, Play Ball, Bazooka, Mecca, Turkey Red, Hassan, National Chicle, Red Heart, Signal Gas, Zeenut, Bowman, Kellogg and most Topps sets from 1951 to 1999 will also be on display.

The show features augmented reality technology to enhance the visitor’s experience, and a supplemental American Baseball Card Museum Fresno cARds exhibition app, which will allow users to interact with the cards and virtually flip them over in the display cases. 

The free app was created by University of Iowa professor Kevin Ripka and serves as a virtual exhibition for those who can’t be at the show. A special version of the app will also be featured in a Madden Library kiosk to give visitors a sense of the cards’ tactility. 

The public is invited to the museum’s official opening and reception at 6 p.m. on April 8. The event is free and public parking is available. 

For more information on the exhibit visit

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