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February 25, 2013

Step Back in Time: Feb. 25, 2013

Step Back Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorin Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Feb. 25, 1988

Gary Hurba started collecting baseball cards in 1957, the year the Milwaukee Braves beat the Yankees in the World Series.

Thirty-one years and several pounds of bubble gum later, Hurba, 38, is still collecting, and last Saturday he opened a baseball memorabilia shop at 177 Main St., Oneonta.

In the second-floor store, Hurba has several vintage cards and buttons for sale, including one of local hero Casimir James Konstanty, who won the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1950.

The hottest card among active players may be Don Mattingly’s. As the former Oneonta Yankee continues to perform well in the major leagues, the price of his card has risen almost as rapidly as his salary. Hurba has a price of about $69 on a 1984 Mattingly card, which an enterprising collector could have bought for next to nothing four years ago.

50 years ago

Feb. 25. 1963

Additional parking for a large downtown mercantile firm may be provided, it was revealed this weekend, through the purchase of the Oneonta Glass Company property by the Chestnut and Dietz Land Company of Oneonta.

Officers and stockholders of the land company are members of the Bresee family who operate Bresee’s Oneonta Department Store, with Lynn Bresee serving as head of the firm.

The land company purchased the property at the corner of Wall and Dietz from owner Gaerano Micco, it was revealed Saturday. Mr. Micco has moved his glass business to 47 South Main Street.

Members of the Chestnut and Dietz Land Company have indicated the intent was to purchase the 50 by 90 foot property to provide parking space for store customers.

Originally, the firm’s intent had been to buy additional property along Wall Street for parking lot purposes but the deal was never completed.

Price for the Micco property was reported in the neighborhood of $35,000. The transaction was handled by the Robert M. Bookhout Agency.

Clyde Bresee, chairman of the board of Bresee’s Oneonta Department Store, said last night from Miami Shores, Fla., that the double transaction had been on the fire for some time.

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