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Antiques Roadshow Tells Woman Her Baseball Cards Are Worth $1 Million


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Don’t throw out that old card collection! It might be worth a fortune.

In 1871, this woman’s great-great-grandmother owned a boarding house in Boston. She hosted the Cincinnati Red Stockings. That team produced some of the first photographic baseball cards and gave her a set. She passed them on within her family.

Now the current owner would like to know what they’re worth. Appraiser Leila Dunbar of Antiques Roadshow drops some fantastic news: the entire collection is worth at least $1 million.

The lady’s reaction at the 2:14 mark is priceless!

-via Twisted Sifter


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That is amazing. The stuff appears to be in excellent condition as well.

As an aside regarding baseball players' salaries: I have a baseball program from a game when I was a kid (1968?). What's startling is that playing pro baseball then was still a part-time job for most of the players, at least in Pittsburgh. The profiles of the players list their off-season professions. I recall that one of them sold cars.
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I saw the show the other night... the cards have been cut down, not sure how much that affects them since they're not available *anywhere* as a complete set. Plus pictures of Doubleday and Spalding... this thing's not going down in value anytime soon.
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