- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - An upcoming auction gives Civil War buffs and sports fans a chance to buy a piece of baseball history.

Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford, which sold a 148-year-old baseball card last year, plans to auction Wednesday a scorecard, four tickets and three concession passes from an 1862 game featuring the Washington Nationals and the 71st regiment of the New York Militia.

Troy Thibodeau from Saco River said the tickets, which are actually military passes, are important to collectors trying to understand the origins of baseball. Few artifacts from that era remain.

Thibodeau said a newspaper clipping and an invitation from the team president would also be auctioned.

The priciest baseball card ever is a 1909 Honus Wagner card, which sold for $2.8 million in 2007.




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