Rare Early Baseball Cards Found in Attic May Be Worth Millions

"It's like finding the Mona Lisa in the attic," the man who found them said

By Alexander Benedict
|  Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012  |  Updated 12:35 PM EDT
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The impressive stash of rare early baseball cards found in a Defiance, Ohio, attic could be worth millions, experts said.

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An Ohio man cleaning out his aunt’s attic found much more than just a few dusty boxes.

Karl Kissner discovered a twine-wrapped bundle of ultra-rare early baseball cards — cards that the experts who authenticated them say could be worth up to $3 million, The Associated Press reported.

“’Cardboard gold’ was their term,” Kissner told Toledo news station WTOL.

The trove of cards, issued in 1910, includes ones of Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner and Cy Young, and few collections have ever been found in such good condition.

"It's like finding the Mona Lisa in the attic,” Kissner said.

The Wagner card could be of particular interest — and is particularly rare. That is because his baseball cards were included in American Tobacco Co.'s packs of cigarettes, and Wagner's cards were pulled from the company's card circulation, reportedly because he didn't want to encourage smoking.

After Kissner found the box of cards, he carefully put it on the dresser and went back to digging in the attic. About two weeks later, he and his family learned they may have just inherited one of the most exciting finds in sports history.

After the cards were authenticated, the cards will go up to auction by Heritage Auctions, which expects to sell all the cards in the next three years, the AP reported.

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