Described in an Associated Press story as “one of the biggest, most exciting finds in the history of sports card collecting,” about 700 cards from a series made around 1910 were found. Names like Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Cy Young and Christy Mathewson were amoung the more notable names. And the most remarkable thing about the cards is that they were preserved in nearly perfect condition. In total, the collection could be worth $3 million. And that could be conservative estimate.
Wagner’s name alone is a monster among collecting enthusiasts, mostly because he refused to be associated with the chewing tobacco companies that usually produced baseball cards at that time he played. The cards belonged to Ohio resident Carl Hench who died in the ’40s. Karl Kissner, the youngest among Jean Hench’s 20 nieces and nephews, was put in charge of her estate. While cleaning out the house, the family found the cards and decided to get them appraised. The rest is history.