T206 Honus Wagner Sells for Record-Breaking $3.25 Million

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Over the past several months, it has been modern sports cards that have been shattering records and fetching million-dollar sales. In case you were wondering about the traditional “classics,” it looks like they doing just fine. A T206 Honus Wagner has sold for $3.25 million in a private sale brokered through Mile High Card Company.

T206 Honus Wagner PSA 3 - Mile High Card Company Oct 2020

Mile High Card Company

It’s the most ever for the iconic card. It’s also the most ever for a vintage sports card. This particular Wagner now sits as the second most expensive baseball card of all-time behind the 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout Superfractor Autograph, which sold for $3.936 million this past August.

“We’ve seen a lot of high-profile cards leave our office to record prices this year, but to hold the record for 1909-11 T206 Wagner sales at three different grade levels as well as the highest price ever paid … that’s something we’re especially proud of” said Brian Drent, Mile High’s President and CEO in a statement on the company’s website.

Graded a PSA 3 VG, it beats the previous record of $3.12 million for a T206 Honus Wagner in October, 2016. That particular card was PSA 5 (MC) copy dubbed the “Jumbo Wagner” for its slightly larger size. The Jumbo Wagner sale came through a Goldin Auctions sale. The Wagner’s history also includes the $2.8 million the Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick paid for the infamous “Gretzky Wagner” that the hockey legend once owned.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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