Old and rare baseball cards up for auction

April 6, 2007 at 8:52 AM

EVANSTON, Ill., April 6 (UPI) -- An Evanston, Ill., man has decided to sell off a valuable baseball card collection he spent nearly 50 years accumulating.

Lionel Carter's collection of about 50,000 cards -- including a near-mint 1910 Ty Cobb, a 1951 Mickey Mantle rookie card and a 1910 Eddie Plank, considered the second-rarest card in baseball -- will receive its first bids Monday at Mastro Auctions in Burr Ridge, Ill., The Chicago Tribune reported Friday.

Carter, 89, decided to sell his collection -- worth as much as $2 million -- after home invaders last year grabbed a handful of the rare cards. Most of the stolen cards were recovered by police.

The cards range in age from the late-1880s to the 1980s, when Carter stopped collecting new cards.

"It all amounted to money," Carter said. "Everyone wanted money. That's not collecting. That's speculating."

The auction ends April 27.

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