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NEW YORK (AP) — When camp counselor Ally Tarantino was flipping through a magazine many years ago, he came across a familiar name: Mark Zuckerberg. He rummages through boxes of memorabilia in his basement, swiping his fingers through old photos, newspapers, bus maps, baseball cards with a very young Zuckerberg in a red jersey, grinning and holding a bat. I found

Thirty years later, Tarantino hopes it will bring him good luck when an autographed baseball card featuring one of the richest men in the world goes up for auction next month.

“It’s like my version of a midlife crisis. I’m 50, what am I going to do with this?” Tarantino joked.

Tarantino, who still works summers at Elmwood Day Camp in Westchester, N.Y., said Zuckerberg, then eight or nine years old, said at the end of camp 30 years ago that he I gave the printed card as a parting gift.

“As someone who collects things, it’s always really hard to let go of something you have in your collection. I was strangely curious as to how they would react,” he said.

The cards will also be auctioned as digital collector’s items, so-called NFTs or non-fungible tokens, which have become a popular way to own memorabilia.

Zuckerberg posted about the auction on Instagram on Thursday. This is partly how he promotes his NFT technology in general, but it also helps him promote NFTs across his company’s platforms.

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, recently started supporting digital collections.

“We’ll be auctioning the cards against the unique NFTs on the cards,” said Steven Fischler, founder of ComicConnect, which is putting the items up for auction.

He called it a “virtual steel cage match,” with physical card bids in US dollars and NFTs in the Ethereum blockchain currency.

Fischler said the item’s value is unknown given it’s not the usual kind of memorabilia that goes up for auction.

In recent years, attention has been focused on collector’s items involving athletes. Rare baseball his cards are worth millions of dollars. Mickey Mantle’s mint-condition baseball card is expected to fetch $10 million, possibly more, when it goes to auction later this month.

Tarantino, now a fifth-grade teacher in Connecticut, kept a Zuckerberg baseball card, but when he kept it in the basement of his home, he knew the kid would one day become a household name. Little did you know it would be responsible for one of the greatest technological advances. Waste of time — on social networking.

“I’m a sentimentalist at heart. When people give me something, I keep it. I’ve always been.

“He was definitely the kid you know and remember. I was the type of kid who blended into the background. He wasn’t one of those kids,” he said.

Tarantino said Zuckerberg was already larger than life. “On the back of his card was a .920 batting average, which is unheard of in baseball, so he had big goals from an early age.”

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