Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Ohio Baseball Card Hoard

Karl Kissner, 51, never knew his grandfather, who passed away in the 1940s, so he had no idea what to expect when he cleaned out the attic at the family’s longtime Ohio home in 2012. What he found sent ripples through the sports memorabilia world — the late Carl Hench had stashed some 700 rare, mint-condition baseball cards, featuring greats like Ty Cobb and Cy Young. In all, the entire collection is valued at around $3 million, according to experts at Professional Sports Authenticator.
The highest grade the company had ever rated a Cobb card in what’s known as the E98 Series is a “7” on a scale of 1-10. According to this memorabilia rating agency, there are 16 Cobb cards alone rated as “9” in Kissner’s collection, with a Honus Wagner card rated a perfect “10.”