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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13 comments

  1. Robert Braxton 4 April, 2013 at 11:59

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

  2. Richard 8 April, 2013 at 06:32

    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.

    • Ryan Cracknell 23 August, 2017 at 12:38

      @Megan – For a card of this magnitude, going through a major auction house or having them help you broker a deal would be the way to go.

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