T206 Honus Wagner Sells for Record-Setting $3.75 Million

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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.

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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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