An old Ohio house that held a one of the greatest finds in sports collecting history was torn down last week.
The Cresent-News of Defiance showed the beginning of the demolition process.
The 19th century home on Perry Street is where about 700 1910 E98 cards in virtually pristine condition were found by relatives cleaning out the attic in 2012. The “Black Swamp Find” resulted in national publicity for the heirs, who opted to sell them through Heritage Auctions. The first batch of 37 cards sold for more than $500,000 at an auction during the National Sports Collectors Convention.
It’s believed the cards were stored there decades earlier by the home’s owner, Carl Hench, who owned a local store. Hench’s daughter lived in the home until her death in 2011 but it had fallen into disrepair.