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Baseball Cards

Last year, Karl Kissner stumbled onto a trove of century-old baseball cards that some people estimated could be worth millions of dollars. Kissner was going through items from his grandfather's attic in Defiance, Ohio, and found a box of 700 baseball cards in mint condition, which Carl Hench collected from candy packages when he owned a meat market. Joe Orlando, president of Professional Sports Authenticator, called an estimate of $3 million for the whole collection "conservative." A 37-card sampling of the collection sold for $566,132 with Heritage Auctions in August, and the rest will be sold over the next few years. Kissner calls the discovery a "blessing." The cards are being divided among members of his Hench family, most of whom plan to sell theirs.