Rare baseball card brings $92G in Maine auction

A rare 1865 baseball card of the Brooklyn

A rare 1865 baseball card of the Brooklyn Atlantics was discovered in a photo album bought at a yard sale in Baileyville, Maine. (Credit: AP)

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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.

Winning bidder Jason LeBlanc of Newburyport, Mass., said he bought the card as an investment for his young son.

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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