LOS ANGELES — What might be higher than turning into a millionaire after discovering seven classic baseball playing cards whereas cleansing out your late great-grandfather’s home?
How about discovering an eighth?
The household that two years in the past made one of many best finds in sports activities collectibles historical past once they discovered seven Ty Cobb baseball playing cards printed between 1909 and 1911 have now discovered yet another within the matching set.
“It falls underneath the class of ‘you possibly can’t make these items up,”‘ stated Joe Orlando, president of Skilled Sports activities Authenticator of Newport Seaside, California. The corporate verified the brand new card and valued it at $250,000.
The primary seven playing cards have been in a rumpled paper bag which will nicely have ended up within the trash if somebody didn’t peek inside.
“The preliminary discovery, it was an actual shock to them,” Orlando stated. “They put the cleansing on maintain for some time … later they knew what they have been on the lookout for, and in a dusty field between two books, there was one other one.”
The good-grandfather himself apparently had no concept that he was leaving a fortune to his descendants.
“He wasn’t even a collector,” Orlando stated. “He simply held on to those playing cards that have been almost certainly given to him after shopping for a selected tobacco product.” (Baseball playing cards have been related to tobacco, not bubble gum, of their earliest days.)
The household, which is from the agricultural South and needs to stay nameless, intends to maintain this one as a memento.
There are actually 24 identified copies of the cardboard that includes the famed Detroit Tigers slugger that on the again reads, “Ty Cobb — King of the Smoking Tobacco World.”
That’s lower than half the identified remaining variety of Honus Wagner playing cards from the identical time which have lengthy been thought of the holy grail of amassing.
And whereas the surge in numbers for the Cobb playing cards might have diminished the worth considerably by making them much less uncommon, Orlando stated the thrill surrounding them, and the likelihood that extra might exist, have made up the distinction.
“Typically a card may be so uncommon that nobody bothers to speak about it,” Orlando stated. “This raised the significance of the Ty Cobb card.”