Unopened packs of 1948 baseball trading cards issued by the Bowman company that are being auctioned.

NYT: A collection of 1948 baseball cards discovered in an attic in unopened packs, and in exceptional condition, are part of a trove of sports trading cards that an auction house said could fetch nearly $1 million.

For Brian Drent, president of the auction house, the Mile High Card Company, seeing the find up close was an exhilarating, romanticized part of the chase — a bit like Indiana Jones in the beginning of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” but minus the rolling giant boulder.

What set his heart racing started with a phone call that was answered by the company’s head writer, Mitch Rosenberg, a few weeks ago at its offices in Castle Rock, Colo.

“Hello, I have some unopened full boxes and almost full boxes from the 1950s and 1960s that I am considering for your auction,” the caller told Mr. Rosenberg, according to an account posted on the company’s blog.