Historic 'Laws of Baseball' documents sell for more than $3M

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CORRECTS THE DOCUMENT TITLE TO "LAWS OF BASE BALL," NOT "RULES OF BASE BALL - This Feb. 11, 2016 photo provided by SCP Auctions shows the 1857 documents titled “Laws of Base Ball.” Baseball may have found its birth certificate. And with it a new birth date, and new founding father. Coinciding with the start of the professional baseball season, a set of game-changing documents went up for sale this week. Their authenticity and significance are verified by experts including John Thorn, Major League Baseball’s official historian. (Leslie Larsen Bird/SCP Auctions via AP)



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Documents that baseball historians have called the Magna Carta of the game have sold at auction for nearly $3.3 million.

SCP auctions says the 1857 papers called the "Laws of Baseball" sold early Sunday to an anonymous buyer after more than two weeks of bidding.

The auction house had predicted prior to the auction's April 7 start that they could sell for more than $1 million.

The anonymous seller hadn't realized the value of the papers he purchased in Texas for $12,000 in 1999. It was only when the auction house appraised them that their significance became clear.

The documents thoroughly change the early history of baseball, making Daniel Lucius "Doc" Adams the proper father of the modern game, and putting its birth date three years earlier than had been expected.






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