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$1 Million 'Antiques Roadshow' Baseball Memorabilia Trove Scored

By    |   Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 06:08 AM

A collection of 1870s Boston baseball memorabilia brought to an "Antiques Roadshow" taping in New York City scored a $1 million home run for its owner.

The owner inherited the trove of signatures and rare baseball cards from Boston Red Stockings players from her great-great-grandmother, who ran a Boston boarding house where the team lived in 1871-72.

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The Associated Press reported PBS series producer Marsha Bemko as saying it's the largest sports memorabilia find in the history of the 19-year-old public TV show, which travels America looking for varied heirlooms and treasures.

The owner's identity was kept private for security reasons, PBS said. The collection had not been formally valued before but the owner had once received a $5,000 offer, PBS said.

According to "Antiques Roadshow" appraiser Leila Dunbar, the "crown jewel" of the items is a May 1871 letter to the Boston landlady that includes notes from three future Hall of Fame members: Albert Spalding, the future sporting good magnate, and brothers Harry and George Wright. The letter included the players' appreciation for their host's cooking.

The baseball franchise is now the Atlanta Braves.

Appraisals from the New York City visit will be featured in three hours of "Antiques Roadshow" episodes to air in 2015 on public TV stations. The series is broadcast on Monday nights.

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