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 combined value of the cards is estimated at well into seven figures" #thelucky7find | https://t.co/s9uMlXwMj4 pic.twitter.com/BbYWne386z
— PSAcard (@PSAcard) March 3, 2016
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.
Finding one of these cards is news. Finding seven in one shot is ridiculous. I present to you, The Lucky 7 Find: https://t.co/kNkO13ED9c
— Joe Orlando (@JoeOrlandoPSA) March 2, 2016