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Baseball cards found in Ohio home could be worth millions
A Defiance man saved 700 cards from the early 1900s
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Relatives cleaning out their grandpa’s attic in the northwestern Ohio town of Defiance came across an exciting find earlier this winter: Pristine-condition cards published in 1910, featuring Hall of Famers like Ty Cobb, Cy Young, and Honus Wagner.

Roughly three dozen of the 700 cards are expected to auction for half a million dollars because of their rareness and excellent condition. The find has excited sports memorabilia buffs and experts, including Jeremy Brown, who owns Ultimate Sports Card and Memorabilia in Las Vegas.

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“The vintage cards, we deal with them all day, every day.  The same vintage card can be worth a hundred bucks, or it can be worth 100-thousand bucks or more," Brown says. "It just all depends on condition. The thing is, nobody really knew how to handle cards through the years, so many didn’t survive in great shape, which is why the ones that are in pristine shape are so sought after and so expensive.”

The best cards will be auctioned in August, at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore.  The set could be worth up to 3 million dollars, which will be divided among 20 cousins related to Carl Hench, who stashed the cards away before dying in the 1940s.

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