Honus Wagner T206 sells for $2.1 million (updated)

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Update: The card sold early  Saturday morning for $1.871 million after 15 bids — not including a 12.5 percent buyer’s premium. That ups the minimum price paid to $2.1 million — or $2,105,770.50 to be exact.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

How high will it go?

The PSA 5 (MC) copy of the famed T206 Honus Wagner card — one of only three cards graded 5 or higher by PSA — is entering its final day on the auction block via Goldin Auctions and sits at $1.571 million after 13 bids. The bidding ends on Friday.

The "jumbo" Honus Wagner: How high will it go?

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This card, dubbed the “jumbo Wagner” because it’s actually larger than standard T206 size, previously sold for $1.62 million in 2008. In April, a SGC 3 copy of the Wagner went for $1.23 million through Goodwin & Co.

“With less than 60 authenticated Wagner cards out there, the opportunity to purchase one does not come around very often,” said Ken Goldin, the  founder of Goldin Auctions. “The few owners recognize the investment potential of these ultra-rare, highly sought after collectibles and rarely sell them. It is easily the most famous of all trading cards and the ultimate addition to any collection.”

The only PSA 8 copy of this card, which has been shown to have been hand-cut from a sheet before grading, previously sold for $2.8 million in 2007, which is a record for any type of sports card.

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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11 Comments

  1. Robert Braxton
    Posted Thursday April 4th, 2013 at 11:59 AM | Permalink

    I answered like this is The Price Is Right, ‘2 mil’, but I think it will sell at 2.1

  2. Jay
    Posted Thursday April 4th, 2013 at 02:50 PM | Permalink

    I’ll go with $2,000,001 Bob!

  3. Robert Braxton
    Posted Thursday April 4th, 2013 at 06:04 PM | Permalink

    Lol @ Jay

  4. Shoppe76
    Posted Sunday April 7th, 2013 at 08:59 AM | Permalink

    Is Carlos Estevez selling it all?

  5. Robert Braxton
    Posted Sunday April 7th, 2013 at 02:59 PM | Permalink

    nailed it. :|

    (:P)

  6. Jay
    Posted Sunday April 7th, 2013 at 05:27 PM | Permalink

    You did man, good call!

  7. Richard
    Posted Monday April 8th, 2013 at 06:32 AM | Permalink

    Stop being haters…that’s a half million profit for the owner of the card.Is that what all you so called collectors cry about ALL THE TIME…getting value from the product the companies put out and investing in general…c’mon people WE ALL and I think I can probably speak for every collector would LOVE to have THE CARD to either just have for the pure joy of collecting or as an investment…its their right…GOD bless them…ahh GOD bless them…just my two cents..what can I get for that BOB.

  8. Posted Monday April 8th, 2013 at 12:02 PM | Permalink

    “Don’t for get to spade and neuter your pets…” 1,987,458.58

  9. mlbscout
    Posted Monday April 8th, 2013 at 07:45 PM | Permalink

    I like that the 50 cents were taked on

  10. mlbscout
    Posted Monday April 8th, 2013 at 07:46 PM | Permalink

    never mind

  11. Posted Thursday April 11th, 2013 at 08:37 PM | Permalink

    I’d like to see this card traded for two one million dollar bills.

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