Nine-year-old Reese Osterberg lost all of her baseball cards in the Creek fire that hit her home city of Fresno County, California. After the firefighters assessed the damage and found that the cards she’d been collecting since she was in preschool were damaged, they teamed up to help her start a new collection.
Kevin Ashford was made aware of this and sent Osterberg his collection, which contains 25,000 baseball cards that he’s collected over 20 years. Ashford lives in San Jose and had them picked up for her. He showed ABC7 the collection and spoke to them about giving it to a young girl who just lost a lot.
“These are cards from the late ’90s, all the way through 2019, full sets,” he told ABC7, “They’ll be all organized, they can thumb through these, and you know, have at it, and they’re going to find some great cards in here, I already know that.”
He almost sold the cards but was glad he didn’t after hearing about Reese’s story. He said in his interview, “It’s just one thing after another that’s been happening here during 2020, and I just want to make it a little easier for these kids, so that’s why I’m doing it.” He continued, “It’s been really tough because, just thinking of the cards I owned, just brings back memories and stuff.”
Osterberg also spoke with ABC7 and told them that her favorite player is Buster Posey of the San Fransisco Giants. “He’s a catcher and I’m a pitcher,” she said, “So one day I think it would be awesome if I could pitch to him.”
The California highway patrol delivered the collection to Osterberg and with it, Ashford said to Reese, “The Buster Posey card is in the box. I looked at it this morning, so that’s yours.”