Karl Kissner might just be the luckiest man on the face of the earth. He was named the executor of his aunt's estate, so when she passed away, he started cleaning out her house. As he did, he found a box that contains almost a full set of 1910 E98 baseball cards.
What really make this a "million dollar find" is the condition these cards are in. The cards have since been graded by PSA and most of them were graded Near-Mint-8 or better, including two (remember these are 102 year old baseball cards) that were graded Gem-Mint-10. If you've ever had your cards graded, you know how difficult it is to get this kind of score, even with cards that are manufactured today.
This set has been named "The Black Swamp Find" since it was located in the Black Swamp area in Northwestern Ohio. It is already considered to be the most valuable baseball card find in history. That theory is being put to the test right now, as the set is currently up for auction at Heritage Auctions.
The current bid is $120,000.00. The auction will end LIVE on August 2nd at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland during the week of the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention. Considering this 1920 Babe Ruth NY Yankees Jersey recently sold for $4.4 million dollars, I'm going out on a limb and predicting The Black Swamp Find could break the $5 million mark.
Labels: 1910 E98 Baseball Cards, 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention, Baltimore, Black Swamp Find, Camden Yards, Heritage Auctions, Maryland