Rare century-old baseball cards found in attic sell for US$565,332 at auction

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Heritage Auctions of Dallas, shows a 1910 Honus Wagner baseball card found in the attic of a house in Defiance, Ohio. The discovery of century-old baseball cards in an Ohio attic isn’t going to make anyone super-rich even though it’s being called one of the most exciting finds in the history of sports card collecting. That’s because the cards and the money are being evenly divided among 20 cousins. (AP Photo/ Heritage Auctions, FILE)

TOLEDO, Ohio - Century-old baseball cards found in an Ohio attic have been sold at auction for a combined US$565,332 in brisk online and live bidding.

The sale Thursday night, held during the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore, featured cards depicting Hall of Famers Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb.

The 37 baseball cards exceeded the $500,000 they were expected to fetch. The prices included buyer's premiums.

Family members cleaning out their grandfather's attic earlier this year in Defiance, Ohio, came across what experts say is one of the most exciting finds in the history of sports card collecting. The cards are from a rare series issued around 1910 that was given out with candy.

The family that discovered the stockpile is evenly dividing the cards and money among 20 cousins.

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