The T206 Honus Wagner card has extensive been regarded by collectors as the “Mona Lisa” of sporting activities cards. Periodically, the T206 would seem to offer for file rates. Which is why final year he established a document for the most pricey sports activities card at any time at an auction in August, when one offered for his $6.6 million.
But that was previous yr. On Thursday, a lot less than two months following his one particular-12 months mark of 2021 sales, another of his T206s marketed at a a lot larger cost, breaking its possess report. The new mark is his $7.25 million, according to Goldin Auctions, which announced just after the private sale.
Wagner, of training course, was a Corridor of Fame shortstop who gained eight batting titles and batted .328/.391/.467 (151 OPS+) in a 21-year main league occupation that generally spent with the Pirates. Nevertheless, the major explanation his T206 card, issued by the American Tobacco Organization in 1909, is regarded so important is not his greatness as a participant.
Only 50-60 of these cards are considered to exist, creating them one particular of the rarest athletics playing cards in the environment.
“I have been in this organization for a very very long time and have witnessed quite a few remarkable buying and selling cards and memorabilia.
“There is a explanation Wagner cards have in no way been bought for a lot less than they have been beforehand purchased. Playing cards are artwork, they are background, they are folklore. It can be a person of the good reasons we do it, and a single of the factors why avid collectors all over the globe love this pastime so a lot.We’re honored to be a section of historical past and advertise this record-breaking sale.”
As they say, records are made to be broken. And it may well not be lengthy prior to this is eaten. According to ESPN, an extremely-scarce 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card is at this time getting auctioned by Heritage Auctions and is predicted to fetch a whopping $10 million or far more.