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First baseball card ever to be auctioned

When the baseball card first went up for auction on eBay, it was priced at 99 cents. That may have been a tad low.

The e-mails started coming immediately: someone offering $5,000, someone offering $10,000. The seller, who had found the card in an old photo album he purchased at a yard sale in ­Baileyville, Maine, quickly removed the eBay listing and brought in professional appraisers, who determined that the card was more than rare: It was one of two known examples of the first baseball card ­ever printed.

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