The Kissner family was simply going through old belongings in a family home. What they found was a baseball card collection so rare, and in such outstanding condition, it might be worth millions of dollars at auction.
The cards come from a grandfather of the family, Carl Hench, who died back in the 40′s but owned a meat market and it is believed that he got the cards as a promotional item. The cards are part of a very rare series issued around 1910 and features some of the most historic names in the game: Ty Cobb, Cy Young and Honus Wagner, just to name a few. The cards are in tremendous condition and several were professionally graded out as a 9 or 10 (on a scale of 1-10). Previously the very few cards from this series that have been found never graded out over a 7.
Described by one expert as “finding the Mona Lisa in the attic” the collection has 37 cards of such value, they alone will likely fetch upwards of $300,000. But the entire collection will start with a worth of $3 million when portions of it hit the auction block beginning in August.
The cards were found under a dollhouse and wrapped in twine. Initially no one knew what they had found and just set them aside. One family member was interested enough he pulled the stack from the attic and put it in a safety deposit box until he could take them to an expert. Those experts, from Heritage Auctions, did a full background check on the family and their history, researched the cards and have determine these were in fact from the famed “E98″ series, previously of which less than 700 had been authenticated.