Rare John Dunlop Football Card Found in Michigan Farmhouse

Sometimes those “attic finds” still happen.

A Michigan family was cleaning out an old farmhouse and found a box of cards. The cards, consisting of football and boxing cards dated to the 1890s included an 1894 Mayo Cut Plug tobacco card of John Dunlop, which has a value of $10,000 or higher, depending on condition.

Those who discovered the card collection – family members of those who owned the farmhouse – brought it to Legends Sports and Games in Grand Rapids, Mich., owned by long-time dealer Lou Brown. Brown, in turn, notified local TV stations to announce the news. It’s one of those “Look what I found stories.”

“We get a lot of calls from a lot of people saying they’ve got something, and usually it’s not what you expect,” Brown told a local affiliate. “It’s the ‘Holy Grail’ of football cards.”

According to Yahoo!, the Dunlop card will be sold by Robert Edward Auctions in May.  Thirty-five cards were brought to Brown in all, mostly boxers, including John Sullivan.

Here’s a link to the news report.

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