BREAKING NEWS
Woman lived in Routeburn hut for a month after tramping partner's fall death ... more soon
Close

Antiques Roadshow home run with $1m find

Last updated 08:32 12/08/2014

Relevant offers

Other Sports

Broadcaster Andrew Mulligan repeatedly had interview requests rebuffed at the Rio Olympics Hopes high Kiwi athletics veterans Nick Willis, Valerie Adams could go to Tokyo Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt smuggled Brazilian student Jady Duarte into the Olympic village Surfing legend Kelly Slater wins world tour contest in Tahiti at age 44 Waitemata clay shooters under the gun Rio Paralympics 2016: Russia loses appeal against Paralympics ban South African runner Wayde van Niekerk told to remove photo of himself and Sonny Bill Williams from Twitter Kiwi boxer Joseph Parker records selfie with US chart topper Bruno Mars at UFC 202 Athletics New Zealand eyes silver lining to their record Rio Games medal haul Enduro rider Raewyn Morrison suffers 'painful' season-ending injury

The American version of the British TV series Antiques Roadshow has hit a home run with a collection of 1870s Boston baseball memorabilia.

A trove of signatures and rare baseball cards from Boston Red Stockings players was appraised for insurance purposes on the show at US$1 million (NZ$1.15m), series producer Marsha Bemko said.

She said it was the largest sports memorabilia find in the history of the 19-year-old public TV show, which travelled America looking for varied heirlooms and treasures.

The collection was brought to an Antiques Roadshow taping Saturday (NZT Sunday) in New York City. The owner inherited it from her great-great-grandmother, who ran a Boston boarding house where the team lived in 1871-72, PBS said.

The owner's identity was kept private for security reasons, broadcaster PBS said Monday. The collection had not been formally valued before, but the owner had once received a US$5000 (NZ$5910) offer, PBS said.

According to Antiques Roadshow' appraiser Leila Dunbar, the ''crown jewel'' of the items was a May 1871 letter to the Boston landlady that included notes from three future Hall of Fame members: Albert Spalding, the future sporting good magnate, and brothers Harry and George Wright. The letter included the players' appreciation for their host's cooking.

The baseball franchise was now the Atlanta Braves.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content