This undated photo provided by Professional Sports Authenticator shows one of seven Ty Cobb baseball cards, a baseball-card find of a lifetime, that were found crumpled paper bag in a dilapidated house. Card experts in Southern California say they have verified the legitimacy, and seven-figure value, of the seven identical Ty Cobb cards from the printing period of 1909 to 1911. Before the recent find there were only about 15 known to still exist. (Professional Sports Authenticator via AP)

Southern family stumbles upon seven Ty Cobb baseball cards worth over $1 million

Baseball card hobbyists may finally have stumbled upon their Holy Grail.

Seven Ty Cobb cards printed sometime between 1909 and 1911 were discovered in a paper bag nestled in a dilapidated attic somewhere in the southern United States. Before this discovery, only 15 of said cards were thought to exist in the world. Despite the influx of cards lowering their individual value, this cache of seven is still thought to be worth more than $1 million.

Joe Orlando, president of Professional Sports Authenticator in Newport Beach, California, did not understate the significance of this find, “I am not sure if any other baseball card find is more remarkable than this new discovery.”

The cards come from the historic group of cards known as T206, which also includes perhaps the most famous baseball card ever, Honus Wagner’s.

The family that discovered the cards in a deceased relatives’ house, wished to remain anonymous for the time being.

The discovery itself is being dubbed “The Lucky 7 Find” by collectors. Beyond the sheer unlikelihood of finding seven of these cards at once, they were also in fairly good condition all things considered. How mint the cards are is rated on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being mint condition. These seven ranged from 3.5-4.5, high for cards more than a century old.

[Photo: PSA]

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