Panini discloses two rarities in Cooperstown

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If one looked closely at the on-box features of 2012 Panini Cooperstown, the very last line of the product’s features on the back panel of the wax box was a simple one.

“Ty Cobb Georgia Peach (one card) * Lou Gehrig The Iron Horse (one card)”

On Monday, Panini America unveiled exactly what those are — and exactly how tough they are to find.

The two cards were inserted into packs at a rate of one in every 9,600 packs, according to the company. That’s one per every 400 boxes of the product — making some of those elusive autographs perhaps seem much easier to find than they are.

These cards — simply substantially short-printed cards — just might be the rarest non 1/1s  in the product, which does not contain any game-used memorabilia cards.

Autographs are found one per 24-pack box of the Cooperstown-focused product with some boxes including two.

The only copy of either card to surface on eBay — a Gehrig — sold for $35 last week.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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