T206 Honus Wagner Sells for Record-Setting $3.75 Million
The T206 Honus Wagner is no stranger to million-dollar sales. It’s a sure thing at this point with the potential for falling records every time a copy comes up for sale. Such was the case on May 22 when one sold for $3,751,500, the highest ever for a 1909-11 T206 Wagner.
Graded a PSA 2 Good, it has a Sweet Caporal back. According to the item’s description, the card has been sitting in a personal collection for well over 40 years, belonging to the consignor’s father.
The T206 Wagner led first-night sales Goldin Auctions’ 2021 Spring Goldin Elite sale. It was followed by a game-used Kobe Bryant jersey from his rookie season that went for $3.69 million, a record for both a basketball jersey and Bryant item.
The tops a PSA 3 copy that sold for $3.25 million in October, 2020 in a private sale facilitated through Mile High Card Company. Earlier records for the card include $3.12 million for a PSA 5 (MC) in October, 2016 and the $2.8 million that Arizona Diamondbacks Ken Kendrick paid for the “Gretzky Wagner” in 2007. Once co-owned by Wayne Gretzky, that card is graded a PSA 8. However, in 2013, Bill Mastro admitted in court to trimming the card decades earlier.