While cleaning out an attic in the home of his late grandparents, Karl Kissner found a metal box filled with old baseball cards. He also found goodies such as turn-of-the-century dresses and a vintage steamer trunk.
The E98 set consists of 30 cards, and 17 of the 30 players depicted are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame including names familiar to today’s generation of fans: Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner, Cy Young and the legendary double play combination players Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance.
Kissner sent the cards to an expert and discovered that his grandfather’s well-preserved card collection had a value estimated to be over $3 million.
These baseball cards have been certified by Professional Sports Authenticator. The multi-million dollar discovery in Ohio more than doubles the number of E98s certified by PSA and significantly increases the PSA Population Report for this series in Near-Mint and higher grades.
Thirty-seven of the recently discovered E98 cards are expected to sell for a combined total of $500,000 or more in a public auction conducted by Heritage Auctions in conjunction with the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. Additional cards will be offered by Heritage in the coming months.
It’s extraordinarily rare to find a single group of vintage baseball cards worth millions of dollars.
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