An owner of a rare collection of early professional baseball memorabilia visited the PBS series “Antiques Roadshow,” and could be cashing in a lot more for his collection than he had ever thought.
His collection included autographs and rare images of the Boston Red Stockings that date back to the 1870s. Antiques Roadshow says the collection was appraised at $1 million, although it is said to be unlikely that the collection would reach that much at auction.
The owner of the collection inherited them from her great-grandfather, a man who operated a boarding house in Boston where some of the team members lived in the early 1870’s.
“This is the largest sports memorabilia find in the 19-year history of the series,” said Marsha Bemko, executive producer of the 12-time Emmy Award nominated production of WGBH Boston.