Last month we had a post about the remarkably pristine collection of early 1900s baseball cards discovered in an Ohio attic, which experts speculated could fetch as much as $3 million.
The first batch of those cards was auctioned off last night at the annual National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore and a 37-card lot sold for $566,132, including $239,000 for the Honus Wagner card pictured below.
As a kid I attended the National Sports Collectors Convention with my dad a handful of times and it’s a pretty amazing event for anyone into card collecting, so I can only imagine the scene there as “gem mint” 1910 cards of Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, and Cy Young were drawing bids for a half-million dollars.
In all there are 700 cards, nearly all of them in perfect condition, and the Associated Press reports that “Heritage Auctions plans to sell most of the Ohio cards over the next two of three years through auctions.” And the money will be split 20 ways among members of the Hench family in Defiance, Ohio.
The Padres announced on Sunday that the club signed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lyles will earn $750,000 in 2018. Pitcher Travis Wood was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Lyles.
Lyles, 27, had miserable results between the Rockies and Padres last season, compiling an aggregate 7.75 ERA with a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. While he specifically gave up 24 earned runs in 23 innings across five starts with the Padres, it was a small sample. A full season at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, as opposed to Colorado’s Coors Field, might help revitalize his career.
Wood, 30, went to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Royals this past season. Overall, the lefty posted an aggregate 6.80 ERA with a 65/45 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. He’ll earn $6.5 million this season and has an $8 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. So, the Padres are just eating $7.5 million minus the league minimum, assuming Wood latches on elsewhere.