92,000$ for the Left View of a Stereoscopic Pair, Really?
Jason LeBlanc arrived at the Saco River Auction Co. (Biddeforrd, ME, USA) on Wednesday February 6, 2013 to buy a baseball card for his sick 4-year-old son.
He ended paying $92,000 for an 1865 Brooklyn Atlantics card, maybe one of the very first baseball cards in the world... This 1865 card of the Brooklyn Atlantics baseball team was found by a picker in Baileyville. It appears that the collector's item is not truly a one-of-a-kind treasure as a very similar card is in the Library of Congress. Each card is printed from a different negative, but the two images could be viewed together through a stereoscopic viewer, creating the illusion of three-dimensional depth from two two-dimensional images. Any chance to reunite them for a good stereoscopic 3D view?
The rare item differs from the standard format for baseball cards that was implemented in the 1880’s and features nine members of the Atlantics team and its manager.
The seller, whose name was withheld for privacy purposes, happened to find the card by chance after he purchased a photo album, several old Coke bottles and a couple of oak chairs for under $100 at the yard sale. The card was found inside the photo album and the man mailed it to Saco River Auction. The only other known copy of the card is owned by the Library of Congress, which has it on display in its book “Baseball Americana” and identifies it as the first dated baseball card. The cards were handed out to supporters of the Atlantics.