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Feb 6, 2013 11:00 AM by Lauren Molenburg

Rare 1865 baseball card to be auctioned in Maine

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - Six-figure bids are expected when a rare 148-year-old baseball card discovered at a rural Maine yard sale is auctioned.

Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford is holding an auction Wednesday that includes a card depicting the Brooklyn Atlantics amateur baseball club.

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 says it's aware of only two copies of the photo. The other is in the institution's collection.

The auction house says a man found the card inside an old photo album he bought while antique picking in the small town of Baileyville on the Canadian border.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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