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The Wall Street Journal reports that a haul of rare, 19th-century baseball memorabilia was discovered at a recent New York City taping of the PBS program, Antiques Road Show.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Appraiser Leila Dunbar came across a collection of Boston Red Stockings cards, signatures, letters and photographs from 1872.
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"More than likely to make one of the broadcasts is an assessment by appraiser Leila Dunbar of rare baseball memorabilia, including 15 photographic baseball cards from 1872," wrote Lindsay Gellman of the Wall Street Journal. "She valued the collection at $1 million."
A promoter for the show reported that this is the show's biggest sports memorabilia find in its 19-year history. The item thought to hold the most value is a letter to the boarding house landlord signed by Al Spalding, Harry and George Wright.
"We've never seen these cards before," said Dunbar. "We didn't even know they existed."
The collection is a family heirloom that the owner inherited from her great-great grandmother, who oversaw a Boston boarding house which the team lived in during 1971 and 1872.
The Boston Red Stockings formed in 1871 as part of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players, the first pro baseball league. The Red Stockings would join Major League Baseball in the National League from 1876 to 1882.
The team eventually become the current Atlanta Braves in 1966, but before that they had been called the Beaneaters ('83-'06), Doves ('07-'10), Rustlers ('11), Bees ('36-'40), Boston Braves ('41-'52) and the Milwaukee Braves ('53-'65).
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