Baseball cards in Ohio attic might fetch millions (Sporting News)
much more at link aboveTOLEDO, Ohio — Karl Kissner picked up a soot-covered cardboard box that had been under a wooden dollhouse in his grandfather's attic. Taking a look inside, he saw baseball cards bundled with twine. They were smaller than the ones he was used to seeing.
Then he put the box on a dresser and went back to digging through the attic.
It wasn't until two weeks later that he learned that his family had come across what experts say is one of the biggest, most exciting finds in the history of sports card collecting, a discovery probably worth millions.
"Every future find will ultimately be compared to this," said Joe Orlando, president of Professional Sports Authenticator.
Over $565,000 for the Hall of Famers. 663 cards yet to go.
Baseball cards found in Ohio attic fetch $565,332 (si.com/AP)
more at link aboveTOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- The discovery of century-old baseball cards in an Ohio attic isn't going to make anyone super-rich even though it's being called one of the most exciting finds in the history of sports card collecting. That's because the cards and the money are being evenly divided among 20 cousins.
A sampling of the treasure trove that had been untouched for 100 years was sold Thursday night during the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore. The 37 baseball cards featuring the likes of Hall of Famers Ty Cobb, Cy Young and Honus Wagner fetched $566,132 in brisk online and live bidding. They were expected to bring about $500,000.
Heritage Auctions plans to sell most of the Ohio cards over the next two of three years through auctions and thinks they could bring up to $3 million. The Hench family is evenly splitting the cards and all but a few have decided to sell their share.
What a cool story and what a cool find! Neat that these rare pristine cards can be in the hands of collectors who will treasure them as well as bring the family closer.
I love these kind of stories with surprise finds. Thanks for sharing!
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