One of two known 1865 Brooklyn Atlantics CDVs, discovered last year inside an old photo album in Maine, is heading to auction next month. The early baseball card showcases one of the first organized teams at the height of their fame.
Saco River Auctions of Maine announced the find online in September and has since had the card authenticated by both Sportscard Guaranty and a Boston conservator who specializes in what are known as albumen prints. It is expected to sell for more than $50,000.
The only other known copy featuring baseball's first championship club resides in the Library of Congress.
The Atlantics were one of the first organized teams, playing what was a new game. A powerhouse, they were a charter member of the National Association of Base Ball Players in 1857 and played as a club until 1875.
The rare specimen was uncovered by a picker who visited a yard sale in Baileyville, ME. He consigned the card to the auction after hearing a similar story that played out last summer when another picker located a 19th century King Kelly card that wound up selling through Saco River for $72,100.
Here's the back story of the card that has the vintage card world buzzing ahead of its auction date of February 6: