Honus Wagner PSA 5 to hit block via Goldin Auctions

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Forget the Hall of Fame vote, a Hall of Fame caliber baseball card is hitting the auction block.

A PSA 5 (MC) copy of the famed T206 Honus Wagner card — one of only three cards graded 5 or higher by PSA — will hit the auction block in February via Goldin Auctions.

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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7 comments

  1. Matt Maldre 9 January, 2013 at 12:46

    I love that you show the back of this card. I would like to see more backs of famous iconic baseball cards. That would be a really cool series to see if we can identify which cards are which by their backs only.

  2. James 9 January, 2013 at 18:46

    I like how the back of the card says “150 subjects” like this was some sort of science experiment back then. Cool card though. Can only imagine what unworldly price it will sell for.

  3. Mo 10 January, 2013 at 01:27

    Goldin is hard to trust. He’s had years of shady dealings with major players in this industry and doesnt have the best reputation… I’m not saying it’s a fake but after hearing that the “gretzky” wagner, that so famously changed the face of vintage graded cards, was in fact tampered with (trimmed) and thats the only way it graded so high… changed my whole perception of PSA. They knew it was indeed altered and still graded it so high. The people at PSA in my opinion can’t be trusted either. Either way it’s an awesome card that i’ll never be able to own!

  4. Jack C 12 January, 2013 at 13:53

    Goldin Auctions had a great first auction. They got good prices for their consignors, offer return priviledges which no other auction house does, show all LOAs with accurate online descriptions, and every forum seems to have praised their auction business. Why else would they be trusted with a potential $2.5 million card? There are no need for personal attacks on what you heard fourth hand 15 years ago. You should look at the very forthright and transparent way they conduct the auction business before you make a personal attack

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