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Rare 1865 baseball card to be auctioned in Maine

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FILE - This undated file photo released Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 by the Saco River Auction Co., in Biddeford, Maine, shows a rare 1865 baseball card of the Brooklyn Atlantics, discovered in a photo album bought at a yard sale in Baileyville, Maine, on the Canadian border. The auction house expects six-figure bids at its Feb. 6 auction. (AP Photo/ Saco River Auction Co., File)

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.

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