Civil-War Era Baseball Card Worth Six Figures Found At Maine Yard Sale

This photo released, Jan 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. The auction house expected six-figure bids at its Feb. auction. 

The Library of Congress has had another copy of the Brooklyn Atlantics photograph since the late 1800s, when it took possession of it from a New York court where the photographer, Charles Williamson, had submitted it for copyright.

In its book “Baseball Americana,” the Library of Congress calls it the first dated baseball card, handed out to supporters and opposing teams in a gesture of bravado from the brash Brooklynites, who were dominant and won their league championships in 1861, 1864 and 1865.


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Shortstop

Oh, Baseball Reference, you sly dogs, you, unleashing a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer player page right before the holidays? Like I'm not going to click it? 

Rudolph does have an interesting career path, struggling in the minors before exploding upon his call up to the Holiday League. Is it a fluke? Simply a reindeer growing into his body? 

While scouts are concerned that Rudolph, at 375 pounds, will soon need to grow out of the position, they’re confident that he’ll add more than enough power to be an above-average third baseman. 

This is also how I see the entire team lining up: 

P: Comet

C: Blitzen

1B: Donner

2B: Dancer

SS: Rudolph

3B: Cupid

LF: Vixen

CF: Dasher

RF: Prancer

(image by John Hartwell and Jay Rogers

Woman brings 1870s Boston baseball card collection to Antiques roadshow worth over $1 million

This is every baseball card collector’s dream come true. The Antiques Roadshow appraiser literally gets choked up when she tells this woman what her card collection is worth.

here’s the video:

Unbelievable.  This is why I still love watching Antiques Roadshow.  It’s amazing what treasures people hold onto without even knowing what they have.