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    The Dead Ball Era's greatest star from the hobby's greatest candy card find

    1910 E98 "Set of 30" Ty Cobb (Black Swamp Find) PSA Mint 9. Now a household name among collectors with a concentration in prewar cardboard, "The Black Swamp Find" burst upon the hobby scene in the Heritage August 2012 Platinum Night auction, providing a pristine time capsule of candy cards from the heart of the sport's Dead Ball Era. Banner headlines screamed from every hobby periodical and the mainstream press followed suit, with stories in hundreds of Associated Press affiliates and a live appearance on NBC's "The Today Show." Unquestionably the Find rates as the most significant of the twenty-first century thus far, and it would take quite a revelation to dislodge the Black Swamp from that throne. It's a pedigree that should be absent from no serious collection in the theme.

    As has been well-reported, the cards were located in a forgotten box in a dusty attic, each player and color variation individually stacked and bound in twine. Twenty-eight players were represented in total, with five players appearing in a second color for a total of thirty-three stacks.

    There was only one color background for the Cobb, the rather appropriate shade of blood red that finds the long-reigning Hit King in a rare fielding posture. The man with the highest career batting average once again finds himself atop the rankings in this representation, as not a single specimen has garnered that elusive Gem Mint designation. In fact, no Cobb playing-days issue other than those "game cards" and the like issued with rounded corners has scored a perfect ten, establishing this as the finest contemporary trading card that exists for the first resident of the Baseball Hall of Fame.







    More Information: The Black Swamp Find

    Early in 2012, the most significant trading card find in hobby history emerged from a small Ohio town, neat individual player stacks of untouched cards, each banded by a short length of twine tied by a print shop employee a full century ago. Discovered in an attic in a box long forgotten beneath an ancient dollhouse, these stunningly pristine relics from the Dead Ball Era made their hobby debut in the August 2012 Platinum Night auction in Baltimore, providing the Heritage clientele with an opportunity outpacing even the most fanciful dreams of the pre-war trading card collector. Named for the damp landscape on the edge of Defiance, Ohio, where the cards served their one hundred years of solitude, the Black Swamp Find of 1910 E98's provides candy card collectors with the opportunity to add a scarce high-grade issue to their collection which was never available before. Made famous by an appearance on NBC's "The Today Show" and just about every newspaper in the United States, the Black Swamp Find arises again to tempt the uncompromising collector in this Platinum Auction.


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    Jul-Aug, 2014
    31st-1st Thursday-Friday
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