Friday, January 11, 2013

1865 Brooklyn Atlantics Baseball Card

The Brooklyn Atlantics played baseball before the Civil War, won two championships, and in 1870 the Atlantics beat the great Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first loss for the famous Queen City team in two years.

The Atlantic Base Ball Club of Brooklyn was formed in 1855, 20 years before the founding of the National League, and 46 years before the American League.

With all that history, they're now much more famous because of a find at a yard sale in Maine.

A picture of the 1865 Atlantics, nine players and the teams manager was put onto a card, and is considered by the Library of Congress to be an early baseball card.

The card is expected to get more than $100,000 at auction next month.

Thanks to, and the current Atlantics team, for information gathered for this post.

Play Ball!

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