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Rare baseball card brings $92K in Maine auction

3:56 AM, Feb 7, 2013   |    comments
1865 baseball card of the Brooklyn Atlantics discovered in a photo album bought at a yard sale in Baileyville, Maine.
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BIDDEFORD, Maine -- A rare 148-year-old baseball card discovered at a rural Maine yard sale has been auctioned for $92,000.

The card depicting the Brooklyn Atlantics amateur baseball club drew plenty of interest Wednesday night, starting with an opening bid of $10,000 and quickly rising to $92,000, which included an 18-percent premium.

The name of the buyer was not released by Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford.

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.

The Associated Press

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