Century-old baseball cards bring $225K at Maine auction

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Some of baseball's biggest names helped boost the sale of the second batch of century-old baseball cards to $225,000 at a Maine auction.

The so-called "Portland trove" attracted nearly 100 people bidding in person and more than 1,500 on the Internet and telephone Wednesday evening.

Troy Thibodeau of Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford (BID'-uh-ford) says the 800 cards sold included a Ty Cobb that fetched $5,000 and a Walter Johnson for $2,500. A baseball signed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig brought $5,000.

Many of the cards range in age from 1909 to 1911 and feature color lithographs on the front and a tobacco advertisement on the back.

The 1,400-card collection belonged to a Portland family. It's being sold in installments.

Thibodeau says another sale is planned for March.