Black Swamp Baseball Card find headlines Heritage sale



2015-06-26 11:20:25

Black Swamp Baseball Card find headlines Heritage sale

10 Jul 2012, 10:22 GMT+01

It’s been described as “the most startling and significant find in baseball card collecting history” – and now the remarkable collection known as the ‘Black Swamp Find’ is heading to auction with Heritage.

Discovered in the town of Defiance, Ohio, in an attic beneath a long-forgotten doll house, the collection consists of cards from the 1910 E98 Set of 30 – featuring 30 of the greatest players of the early baseball era including Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Honus Wagner, Chief Meyers and Christy Mathewson.

“You have a better chance of winning the lottery than of making such a rare discovery,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports at Heritage Auctions. The cards were discovered in individual player stacks, and appear to have originated directly from a print shop in 1910.

The collection has turned the PSA registry on the set upside-down. Few believed that Gem Mint 10-condition was possible for cards printed over a century ago, but there are three amongst the Black Swamp cards on offer at Heritage – Johnny Kling and Chief Meyers, included as part of the set for sale, and Honus Wagner, offered separately.

With three exceptions, every other card in the collection is the highest or equal highest graded example ever discovered. The near-complete set, featuring 27 of the 30 players, has been awarded position #1 on the PSA Set Registry and is expected to sell for upwards of $400,000. The Gem MT10 Honus Wagner card will be sold with a pre-sale estimate of $200,000+.

In addition to this incredible find, the sale will also feature a wealth of rare and important baseball artefacts. Highlights include the “Finest Babe Ruth Single Signed Baseball Known”, with a grade of PSA/DNA Mint+ 9.5., and a 1932 Babe Ruth game worn New York Yankees cap from the ‘Called Shot’ season, both of which are estimated at $300,000+.

These will be sold alongside the 1912 Boston Red Sox World Series Trophy presented to Manager Jake Stahl ($300,000+) and a Babe Ruth game used bat from the 1927 ‘Murderer’s Row’ season (the only example in private hands) estimated at $200,000+.

Away from baseball, the sale will also offer iconic pieces of sporting history in the form of Muhammad Ali’s ‘Thriller in Manila’ boxing trunks ($100,000+) and the Green Jacket presented to golfing legend Arnold Palmer at the 1984 Masters Tournament ($100,000+).

The sale is set to take place on August 2, in Baltimore’s Camden Yards as part of the National Sports Collectors Convention.


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