1910 E98 "Set of 30" Ty Cobb (Red) - PSA Mint 9 - Black Sw...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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Description1910 E98 "Set of 30" Ty Cobb (Red) - PSA Mint 9 - Black Swamp Find. 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. Graded PSA Mint 9.
Guide Value or Estimate: $30,000 - up.
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