At the store, the collector encountered two men who had recently purchased a storage unit at auction and were looking to clear it of what they believed to be junk. Among their possessions, moreover, was a cardboard box, and a curious Randy took a closer look.
Inside, Randy discovered three old photographs, all depicting 19th-century scenes. Deciding that he liked the look of them, he then offered the men everything that was contained in his pocket – a grand total of $2. What’s more, they accepted, and Randy returned home with three new additions to his collection.
Now among the three photographs was one that particularly stood out to Randy. A tintype of 20 square inches, it showed a group of figures engaged in a genteel game of croquet. However, when he took a closer look under a microscope, Randy realized that there was more to his find than first met the eye.