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Honus Wagner Card Sells For Ludicrous Amount

Call your mothers, folks. Tell her not to throw away your baseball cards.

Another beautiful day where I get to remind myself I am doing everything wrong. The Athletic reported on Thursday that an SGC 2-graded T206 Honus Wagner trading card produced by American Tobacco Co. between 1909-11 was sold for seven dollars and twenty-five cents.

No big deal, honestly. Why am I writing about this? Wait, WHAT?

The Wagner card was sold on Wednesday for a price of 7.25 million dollars. The sale was brokered by the Goldin sports memorabilia company.


I'm being a little cheeky. I know that Honus Wagner cards regularly sell for more money than I'll ever make in two lifetimes, but seven million? This beat the previous record of $6.6 million for a different SGC 3-graded T206 Honus Wagner that was sold last year. The buyer and the seller chose to remain anonymous. I've seen Better Call Saul. I do not blame anyone who owns a baseball card of that value or someone with seven million dollars for choosing to remain anonymous.

“I’ve been in this business for a very long time and seen a lot of incredible trading cards and pieces of memorabilia, but there is nothing on earth like a T206 card,” Goldin Executive Chairman and founder Ken Goldin said in a statement. “There’s a reason why no Wagner card has never sold for less than it was previously purchased for – the card is art, it’s history, it’s folklore. The T206 is one of the reasons I do what I do and why serious collectors around the world love this hobby so much. To be a part of history and facilitate this record-breaking sale is an honor.”

Only the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle is as high on the list of "holy grail" cards for collectors.

Wagner was a 21-year MLB player who played from 1897-1917. He is often considered the first of the "all-time greats" which is why he was in the first class of inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame back in 1936. He regularly led the league in batting average (eight times) and was a member of the 1909 World Series-winning Pittsburgh Pirates.

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I don't want to get your hopes up. These cards are exceedingly rare and the value of the 500 late 80s and early 90s baseball cards in your mother's attic is likely to be low. This was an era of a flooded market of cards, so the scarcity law is not kind to them.

Still. It may not be the worst idea to check them.