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Ty Cobb Baseball Cards in Old Sack 'Most Valuable' Find Ever?

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Rare Ty Cobb baseball cards found in paper bag. (Twitter: Sporting News MLB ‏@SN_Baseball)

By    |   Friday, 04 Mar 2016 08:50 AM

Ty Cobb baseball cards likely to be more than 100 years old and worth millions were found by a family going through their great-grandparents' old possessions. One collector calls it one of the "most valuable" finds in the baseball card hobby, reported National Public Radio.

The seven baseball cards of the legendary baseball Hall of Famer were produced by the American Tobacco Co. dating back to 1909-1911, said Joe Orlando, president of Professional Sports Authenticator, per NPR.

Orlando wrote on his authentication blog that a family from a "rural Southern town" stumbled on the cards this year, finding them in a crumpled brown paper bag.

"A remarkable seven examples of this great rarity were all found together, after more than 100 years had passed," said Orlando. "… Initially, the family thought the bag was merely filled with trash and planned to discard it. One of the family members decided to sift through the contents, which included a number of postcards and other paper products. Beneath this small pile of items were the Cobb cards lying face down at the bottom of the bag." 

Orlando said he believed the cards are worth "well into seven figures."

Nicknamed "The Georgia Peach," Cobb, played from 1905 to 1928, mainly for the Detroit Tigers and spent two seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics, noted NBC News. Cobb was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.

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Ty Cobb baseball cards likely to be more than 100 years old and worth millions were found by a family going through their great-grandparents' old possessions. One collector calls it one of the "most valuable" finds in the baseball card hobby, reported National Public Radio.
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