Yes, we aren’t joking; that actually happened. A Honus Wagner baseball trading card was sold for seven figures in an auction. This sale dethroned the previous sale record held by a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card of $5.2 million.
If you thought that the title referred to some paltry six-figure Lamborghini, I am afraid you were wrong as this one costs as much as the top-of-the-line ones.
It all starts with the initial run of this T206 baseball trading card between 1909 and 1911. It was initially introduced alongside cigarette packs to boost sales. The timing of the launch was impeccable as it came around the same time Wagner won his seventh batting title and earned the Pirates their first World Series win. So much so that the card is featured at the Hall of Fame.
The reason why the value of this card skyrocketed so much is that in addition to being associated with such a significant event, it is also incredibly scarce. Only 50 of these cards exist, and that is because Wagner made the American Tobacco Company recall these cards. He did that because the company had made the card without his permission. And, also because he wanted nothing to do with promoting cigarettes.
These facts coupled together made it the perfect thing for collectors who value such things. This instance isn’t the first time this card has surfaced, though. It was first found in 1973 in New York and was one of the first public auctions of a Wagner card, and later it was sold again in 2012 for $1.2 million.
Let’s get to the actual thing you are here for. The card was auctioned for $6.6 million. After the sale, the auction house stated that this might be the last high-grade Wagner card to appear in a public auction.
So, what do you think? Does the price seem realistic to you? If you had the money, would you spend this amount on something similar? Let us know down below!
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