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This Aug. 9, 2014 photo released by Antiques Roadshow shows Leila Dunbar appraising a collection of early Boston baseball memorabilia for the program "Antiques Roadshow" in New York. This is the largest sports memorabilia find in the program's 19-year history, valued at $1 million. (AP Photo/Leila Dunbar, Meredith Nierman)

This Aug. 9, 2014 photo released by Antiques Roadshow shows Leila Dunbar appraising a collection of early Boston baseball memorabilia for the program "Antiques Roadshow" in New York. This is the largest sports memorabilia find in the program's 19-year history, valued at $1 million. (AP Photo/Leila Dunbar, Meredith Nierman)
This June 22, 2013 photo released by PBS shows a man named Joe holding a Max Brother prop duck during the taping of the popular appraisal show "Antiques Roadshow," in Anaheim, Calif. Top-rated PBS series "Antiques Roadshow" is on the move, taping programs in eight U.S. cities for its upcoming 18th season. (AP Photo/PBS)
This June 22, 2013 photo released by PBS shows Ted Trotta, of Trotta-Bono, Ltd., right, looking at Lisa as she reacts about information about her Spontoon Tomahawk Pipe during the taping of the popular appraisal show "Antiques Roadshow," in Anaheim, Calif. Top-rated PBS series "Antiques Roadshow" is on the move, taping programs in eight U.S. cities for its upcoming 18th season.(AP Photo/PBS)
In this Saturday, July 23, 2011 photo, Asian art expert and veteran "Antiques Roadshow." appraiser Lark Mason poses with a collection of Chinese rhinoceros horned cups in Tulsa, Okla. PBS says the collection was judged by Mason to be worth $1 million to $1.5 million, the most valuable item brought in for appraisal in the history of "Antiques Roadshow," which will air its 16th season next year. (AP Photo/WGBH)
A fry glass teapot is one of the many treasures brought to the "Antiques Roadshow" event in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005. The Antiques Roadshow television series is a result of a summer tour of the United States where experts appraise the prized items people bring for evaluation. (AP Photo/Kim D. Johnson)
Marcelyn, left, and daughter, Stephanie, right, of Monte Sereno, Calif., react to the news when announced that their "Norton Sound Alaska hunting helmet" is appraised to be worth between $65,000 and $75,000, during taping for the PBS-TV show called, "Chubb's Antiques Roadshow - Discovering America's Hidden Treasures," in San Francisco, Saturday, Aug. 9, 1997. The mask, made circa 1800, was picked up by mother and daughter at a flea market. (AP Photo/Chubb's Antiques Roadshow, Darryl Bush)
Leigh Keno, antiques expert known for hosting the television show Antiques Roadshow with his twin brother Leslie, looks at the walnut veneer on a lowboy in the home of a Hartford-area antiques collector, February 5, 2010, in West Hartford, Connecticut. His company Keno Auctions will be holding it's inaugural auction in Stamford in May. (Photo by Bettina Hansen/Hartford Courant/MCT via Getty Images)
Leigh Keno, antiques expert known for hosting the television show Antiques Roadshow with his twin brother Leslie, examines furniture in the home of a Hartford-area antiques collector, February 5, 2010. His company Keno Auctions will be holding it's inaugural auction in Stamford in May. (Photo by Bettina Hansen/Hartford Courant/MCT via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 21, Dan Sillaman (L) white shirt in background, brought in this 1955 Les Paul with P-90 pickups on August 21, 2010. Richard Johnston, holding the Les Paul, is the appraiser for Musical Instruments at this event. Dan and his guitar were selected to be filmed for a later airing of Antiques Roadshow. Dan inherited this Les Paul from his father. Dan said his father had played in local bands that opened for country musician Roy Clark. (Photo by Tracy A Woodward/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 21, Anne Kaiser (C) in white top from Silver Spring found out her antique Marquetry Chest that has been in her family for over 100 years is worth about $5,000 on August 21, 2010. J. Michael Flanigan (L) with Antiques Roadshow gave Anne the appraisal. John Sollo, (R) is also an appraiser for today's Antiques Roadshow. Filming for Antiques Roadshow is going on in background. (Photo by Tracy A Woodward/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Thousands of people wait in line to have their treasured possessions appraised by a team of experts during the final stop of the popular PBS television program, Chubb's Antiques Roadshow, Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Susan E. Bouchard)

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This sketch is worth  $7,000 to $9,000.
The appraiser said this letter alone would bring about $1,300 to $1,500 at auction
All together, her collection was worth almost $30,000.
 'Abraham Lincoln has always been collectable, his autograph has always been collectable. He signed very, very few photographs. They come up for sale every once in awhile, a signed Abraham Lincoln carte de visite.' - Appraiser Wes Cowan
This album would be worth between $75,000 and $100,000 at auction.
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Butterfield and Butterfield Auction House appraiser Greg Martin holds a 16th century Milanese Cabasett valued at approximately $250,000 during the taping of the Chubb Antique Roadshow at the Civic Center in Philadelphia, Saturday, June 15, 1996, in this handout photo. The owner is a Philadelphia woman who allowed herself to be taped for the show, which will air on public television in 1997, but would not identify herself after the appraisal. (AP Photo/Chubb Antique Road Show/Tim Shaffer)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 21, As people enter the convention center they have a brief interview by volunteers who give them tickets depending up the items they are bringtin for appraisal on August 21, 2010. These tickets will get them to the correct appraiser. (Photo by Tracy A Woodward/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Lark E. Mason Jr., an appraiser at Sotheby's in New York, estimates a 1920's Edward Farmer Jade and 18K gold jewelry box at $125,000. This box was among thousands of items brought to the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I., during the final stop of the season for the PBS television program, Chubb's Antiques Roadshow, Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999. (AP Photo/Susan E. Bouchard)
Folk art and collectables are brought in for appraisals for the PBS series 'Antique Roadshow' at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Saturday, June 23, 2012. John Lytle Wilson, left, shows off a painting of a pair of twins from his family dating back to 1850 as Stan South, right, waits for an appraisal of his flax comb dated 1775. Some of the appraisals were filmed, and will air between January and March of 2013. (Janet Blackmon Morgan/Myrtle Beach Sun-News/MCT via Getty Images)
390703 04: Tara Finley, left, an appraiser on Chubb''s Antiques Roadshow television show tells Sue Dale that her penny arcade machine from the 1920''s is worth $700, June 16, 2001 during filming in Miami. The popular show attracted more than 6,000 people who brought in antiques and collectibles to be appraised. (Photo by Tim Chapman/Getty Images)
390703 02: Jim Duncan, right, holds up a collection of old Creek Chub Tarpon Pikies fishing lures June 16, 2001 while he waits in line to get into Chubb''s Antiques Roadshow television show at the Coconut Grove Convention Center in Miami. Some of Duncan''s lures were appraised at thousands of dollars. Over 6,000 people from across south Florida arrived hoping to get appraisals of theirs antiques to see if they had any unexpected valuables. (Photo by Tim Chapman/Getty Images)
Thousands of people wait in line to have their treasured possessions appraised by a team of experts during the final stop of the popular PBS television program, Chubb's Antiques Roadshow, Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Susan E. Bouchard)
Chubb's Antique Roadshow appraiser Colleena Fesko, center right, talks with an Albuquerque resident about her late 18th century paintings at the Roadshow's stop in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday July 20, 2002. The show rolled into Albuquerque on Saturday as part of a nationwide tour. (AP Photo/Randy Siner)
Appraisers Fred Oster, left, from Philadelphia, and David Bonsey, of Boston, review a 1920 French violin at the "Antiques Roadshow" event in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005. They found it to be a replica of a circa 1516 German violin. The Antiques Roadshow television series is a result of a summer tour of the United States where experts appraise the treasures people bring for evaluation. (AP Photo/Kim D. Johnson)
Patte Bogart, left, makes her way past Angelina Orona, right, during the "Antiques Roadshow" event in Los Angeles Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005. Bogart carries an 1840 doll bed made by her great great great great grandfather along with a circa 1932 Patsy doll and clothes trunk. The "Antiques Roadshow" television series is a result of a summer tour of the United States where experts appraise the treasures people bring for evaluation. (AP Photo/Kim D. Johnson)
Thousands of people wait in line to have their treasured possessions appraised by a team of experts during the final stop of the popular PBS television program, Chubb's Antiques Roadshow, Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Susan E. Bouchard)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2001: A leather jacket, formerly owned by Dee Dee Ramone of the punk-rock band The Ramones, and a poster signed by the band are among the items people have brought in to have appraised at the filming of the PBS television program 'Antiques Roadshow' at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. (Photo by Mike Albans/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
390703 01: People hoping to appear on the Chubb''s Antiques Roadshow television show stand in line June 16, 2001 outside the Coconut Grove Convention Center in Miami. The line of people carrying antiques and collectibles began forming at dawn as over 6,000 people from across south Florida came to get appraisals of theirs antiques to see if they had any unexpected valuables. (Photo by Tim Chapman/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 21, At the Antiques Roadshow's visit to Washington DC, Appraiser John Sollo (C) talks with John Corso (R) of NJ about his Chippendal inspired furniture from the 1920's on August 21, 2010. (Photo by Tracy A Woodward/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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By LYNN ELBER

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The PBS series "Antiques Roadshow" says it 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 at $1 million for insurance purposes, series producer Marsha Bemko said.

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

The collection was brought to an "Antiques Roadshow" taping Saturday 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, PBS said Monday. The collection had not been formally valued before but the owner had once received a $5,000 offer, PBS said.

According to "Antiques Roadshow" appraiser Leila Dunbar, the "crown jewel" of the items is a May 1871 letter to the Boston landlady that includes 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 is now the Atlanta Braves.

Appraisals from the New York City visit will be featured in three hours of "Antiques Roadshow" episodes to air in 2015 on public TV stations. The series is broadcast on Monday nights.


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