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Honus Wagner card sells for $2.1 million at auction

Apr 6, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

Honus Wagner card

Big news in the baseball card world.

Dan Good of the New York Post reports that the famous 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner card was sold at an auction this morning for $2.1 million. The buyer’s identity is unknown. According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, this is a new record price for a card in a public sale, topping the $1.6 million price paid for the same card back in 2008.

“My overall goal on the T206 Wagner from the start was to set a record for a trading card auction,” said Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions, which auctioned the card. “My auction house set a new record by close to $500,000.”

Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick paid $2.8 million in 2008 for a T206 Wagner — the same card once owned by hockey great Wayne Gretzky —  but that was in a private sale.

Widely regarded as the hobby’s most coveted card, it’s believed there were only several dozen T206 Wagners in existence. The series was distributed in cigarette packs, but the Wagner cards were pulled for an unknown reason. Some say Wagner didn’t want to encourage children to smoke, but others believe that he wasn’t happy about not being paid by the card manufacturer.

Some of the other items up for bid included a signed Wagner baseball, a bat used by Derek Jeter in the 2001 World Series and a duplicate of Alex Rodriguez’s 2009 World Series ring which was put up for auction by his cousin, Yuri Sucart.

  1. Samuel - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Reblogged this on But at the end of the day… and commented:
    That’s a lot of money for something you display and can never touch.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      nah, it’s like a wife.

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:55 AM


  2. giantssb42champs - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Hope they don’t mail this USPS.

  3. historiophiliac - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Wow, the faux WS ring went higher than the Jeter bat. I guess we know who delivers in NY. Clearly, A-Rod remains beloved by someone.

  4. ajbaxter1975 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Of course they fail to mention that the 2.8 million Wagner that Kendrick owned was trimmed by future convict Bill Mastro, but we don’t want to get caught up in the little details.

  5. tfbuckfutter - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    I remember when my Eric Karros Ultra rookie card was worth $5.

    It was my most valuable card as a kid.

  6. ml3939 - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Best card out there today-

  7. jiminthebay - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    some folks have waaaaaaaaay too much money…. sigh

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