LOS ANGELES — From a crumpled paper bag in a dilapidated house came a baseball card find of a lifetime. Seven of them actually.
Card experts in Southern California have verified the legitimacy — and a total value of possibly more than $1 million— of seven identical Ty Cobb cards from the printing period of 1909 to 1911. Before the find, about 15 were known to still exist.
Joe Orlando, the president of Professional Sports Authenticator in Newport Beach, Calif., who verified the find, said it is "spectacular" and "miraculous" to have come across such a cache.
"I am not sure if any other baseball card find is more remarkable than this new discovery," Orlando said.
The anonymous family discovered the cards at the rundown house of a deceased great-grandfather.
The cards with the famed Detroit Tigers player come from a lot known as T206, the group most prized by collectors that also includes the Honus Wagner card, arguably the most famous sports card ever.
They say on the back "TY COBB — KING OF THE SMOKING TOBACCO WORLD" in green ink.
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ORIOLES: Reliever Brian Matusz is out indefinitely with a lower-back injury.
ROYALS: Poised to earn a starting job for the first time in his career, rightfielder Jarrod Dyson is likely to miss close to six weeks because of a right oblique strain.
TIGERS: Centerfielder Cameron Maybin will miss 4-6 weeks with a non-displaced hairline fracture of the left wrist. He was hit by a pitch thrown by the Yankees' Luis Severino on Wednesday.