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Baseball memorabilia from 1862 at auction in Maine

By By DAVID SHARP

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine auction house that sold a 148-year-old baseball card is now selling even older baseball memorabilia that features a Union team decimated by a Civil War battle.

Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford says it has a scorecard, four tickets and three concession passes from an 1862 game featuring the Washington Nationals and 71st Regiment of the New York Militia.

The items are up for auction Feb. 19.

Troy Thibodeau (THIH'-buh-doh) says the militia won the game in 1861 but lost the rematch the following year after several team members were killed in the Battle of Bull Run.

Collectors are interested in the memorabilia from the national pastime. Last year, a collector from Newburyport, Mass., paid $92,000 for the 1865 baseball card.

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