Girl lost baseball cards to California wildfire, gets surprise donation

California Wildfires
Posted at 5:34 PM, Oct 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-31 20:34:17-04

PRATHER, Calif. (AP) — A 9-year-old girl who lost her collection of baseball cards when a wildfire destroyed her family’s central California home received a huge surprise when firefighters presented thousands of new, donated cards and put her on the phone with her favorite player.

Reese Osterburg didn’t get a chance to save her 200-card collection when the Creek Fire forced her family to evacuate. When local authorities heard about her loss, they put out a call for baseball card donations.

A collector in San Jose donated more than 25,000 baseball cards, which were presented to Reese on Friday.

She also received a call from San Francisco Giants player Buster Posey.

"This is the best day I’ve ever had," Reese told The Fresno Bee. "More than awesome, probably."