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150-year-old baseball card sells for $92,000 after being bought for less than $100

By Mason White 6:20 PM February 7, 2013
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By: Sarah Weiss
(Scroll down for video) A man bought a baseball card for less than $100 but sold it this week at auction for $92,000.00, according to press reports in Maine.

A rare 148-year-old baseball card discovered in a garage sale in rural Maine, has been auctioned for $92,000.
Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford, Maine, held an auction Wednesday night that included a card that represents the Brooklyn Atlantics amateur baseball club.

Troy Thibodeau, director and auctioneer of Saco River Auction, said that the card attracted a lot of interest. Bidding started at $10,000 and quickly rose to the last $92,000, which includes a premium of 18 percent.

The name of the buyer, who was at the auction house, was not released. However the man was later identified as Jason LeBlanc. He told news reporters that he bought the card for his sick 4-year-old son.

The card is not the same as a baseball card today, which became common in the 1880s. Rather, it is an original 1865 photograph mounted on a card, showing nine players and a manager.

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

In the book “Baseball Americana”, the Library of Congress calls the card, the first time a baseball card was handed out to supporters and opposing teams in a gesture of courage of Brooklyn residents, who were dominant and won its league championship in 1861, 1864 and 1865.

A Maine man who does not want to be identified publicly found the card inside an old photo album he bought while collecting antiques in the small town of Baileyville, at the Canadian border. The man bought the album of photos, old Coke bottles and a pair of oak chairs together in a single purchase for less than $100.

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