A collection of 366 different T206 cards including a low-grade example of the rare Eddie Plank is about to enter the hobby after a find in Massachusetts.
The collection, purchased by Just Collect, has about 60 Hall of Famers including three each of Ty Cobb, Cy Young and Christy Mathewson, two Walter Johnson cards and the Plank, considered the third most rare card in the set behind Honus Wagner and the Doyle “NY Nat’l” variation. A PSA 1 (poor) Plank sold for $36,000.00 via Robert Edward Auctions last month. Only 100 are listed in the combined population reports of PSA and SGC.
According to Forbes.com, the cards originated with older brother of a woman who was a long-time friend of a family there. He passed way in the 1960s. They were passed down again when the woman died in 1990 and the current owner, a 51-year-old local pharmacist, has held them since then. For many years, they had been stored inside an old manila envelope stuck inside a large hat box. The current owner later purchased some protective sheets and took them to a card show about ten years ago but turned down an offer from a dealer.
The cards have been submitted to PSA for authentication and grading and will be placed for auction through Just Collect’s auction marketplace once they return. You can check out highlights from the collection in the video below.