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1865 baseball card fetches $92K in Maine auction

FILE - This undated file photo released Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 by the Saco River Auction Co., in Biddeford, Maine, shows a rare 1865 baseball card of the Brooklyn Atlantics, discovered in a photo album bought at a yard sale in Baileyville, Maine, on the Canadian border. (AP Photo/ Saco River Auction Co., File)
February 6, 2013 5:15:22 PM PST
A rare 148-year-old baseball card discovered at a rural Maine yard sale has been auctioned for $92,000.

Troy Thibodeau, manager and auctioneer at Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford, said the card depicting the Brooklyn Atlantics amateur baseball club drew plenty of interest Wednesday night. It starting with an opening bid of $10,000 and quickly rose to the final $92,000, which included an 18-percent premium.

The name of the buyer was not released.

The card isn't the same as a modern-day baseball card, which became common in the 1880s. Rather, it's an original photograph from 1865 mounted on a card, showing nine players and a manager.

The Library of Congress said last month it was aware of only two copies of the photo. The other is in the institution's collection.


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