A decent house or a beat up but legendary piece of cardboard? This weekend, the cardboard won out in one instance. A PSA 1 1909 T206 Honus Wagner, which has been dubbed the "Chesapeake Wagner," sold for $403,664.
The card was part of SCP Auctions' Fall Premier. It topped all sales, which totaled $3.9 million spread over 1,150 lots.
The T206 Honus Wagner was recently discovered in a private collection and was graded by PSA over the summer.
"Unveiling a fresh T206 Honus Wagner card is a dream scenario for any hobby professional," said SCP Auctions Vice President Dan Imler in a press release. "Its winning bid only lends credence to its already legendary status."
Other highlights in the auction include a PSA 8 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle for $268,664, and a game-used Jackie Robinson bat from his 1949 MVP season that finished just shy of $202,000.
Although the $400,000-plus for the T206 Honus Wagner is high, it's far from the record. The most famous version of the card, the "Gretzky Wagner," went for $2.8 million in 2007. Although the card is graded PSA 8, memorabilia dealer Bill Mastro admitted in October, 2013 to trimming it.