The second group from of a major find of century-old baseball cards was sold through a New England auction house Wednesday night.
Saco River Auction Company sold 800 cards for around $225,000 including a T206 Ty Cobb and Walter Johnson. They were part of a huge one owner original collection that came from a Portland, ME family who consigned them to auction last year. The consignors’ grandfather began smoking around about the time the time the T206 cards were being distributed in packs and saved each card that came from the cigarette packs.
Cards from the first installment of the collection sold in January for over $200,000.
The consignment included more than 1,400 cards that were collected by a family member over 100 years ago and had remained in the family.
After grading some of the better examples and Hall of Famers, Saco River opted to sell them in multiple auctions, separated by at least several weeks. According to the Associated Press, nearly 100 people attended the auction and over 1,500 were following it via the internet and telephone.
The Cobb card sold for $5,000 and a Walter Johnson fetched $2,500. Also sold was a Babe Ruth-Lou Gehrig dual signed baseball and other vintage cards from various unrelated collections.
More cards from the collection will be sold in March.