(4-8-19) Defiance has long been known for the success of its high school baseball program. Coach Tom Held has built what many would say is a dynasty. But Defiance is also known as the place of the ‘Black Swamp Baseball Card Find‘.
According to a Mile High Card Company posting on the find
In July of 2012, one of the greatest finds of early 20th century caramel cards was discovered in Defiance, Ohio, a town that was coined “The Black Swamp” by General “Mad” Anthony Wayne in 1794. This Black Swamp find consisted entirely of cards from the 1910 E98 Set of 30 series, a handsome collection that features different background color variations of each card, with 17 of the presented 30 subjects in the Hall of Fame. The find yielded almost 700 cards, virtually all of them in NM or better condition with four examples, including one of Honus Wagner, achieving a mark of PSA 10 GEM MINT. Considered the most celebrated addition to the baseball card market since the 1952 Topps find of the 1980s, caramel cards were finally getting the notoriety they deserved.
The Fox Business Network video above gives a detailed look into the find of these cards in an attic of a 100 year old home and the rewards (around $3 million dollars) to the Hench family members in Defiance.