T206 Honus Wagner Sells for $1.23 Million

T206 Honus Wagner Sells for $1.23 Million

1909 T206 Honus Wagner Baseball Card SGC 40Over night, a 1909 T206 Honus Wagner baseball card sold for nearly $1.25 million. The online auction, which was conducted by Goodwin & Co, finished with 14 bids and fell within estimates that suggested it would go for between $1 million and $1.5 million.

This particular T206 Honus Wagner has a Sweet Corporal back and is graded SGC 40 Very Good. The official closing bid for the Wagner card was $1,232,466.34.

According to Joe Holleman of St. Louis Today, the card is headed to New Jersey. The buyer wishes to remain anonymous at this time.

The Goodwin & Co. auction saw another huge sale with a 1909 T206 Eddie Plank reaching $330,825.95. The card is graded SGC 70 and is the best known Plank to have the "Piedmont 150 Subjects" back.

The 1909 T206 Honus Wagner is considered to be the benchmark against which all other trading cards are measured. Considered to be extremely rare, the legend behind it has further fueled its value and prestige. Pulled from production, some suggest Wagner was taking a stance against smoking as the card was distributed with tobacco products. Others say Wagner simply wanted to get paid more.

The card's legendary status was further raised when Wayne Gretzky and former Los Angeles Kings owner, Bruce McNall, bought one at the height of the baseball card boom in the early 1990s.

That same card has changed hands several times since. Ken Kendricks, the Arizona Diamondbacks managing general partner, bought the card for a record $2.8 million.

You can read an in-depth history on the 1909 T206 Honus Wagner here.

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1909 t206 BUNK CONGALTON Columbus PSA 4.5 VG-EX+ Piedmont 350 Factory 25
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1909-11 T206 Tom Downey fielding Cincinnati PSA 1 ***American Beauty***
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1909-11 T206 George Stovall batting Cleveland SGC 30 ***Cycle 460***
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1909 T206 WILHELM SWEET CAPORAL BACK GOOD
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.

His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.


User Comments

  1. Incredible appreciation on this card. Lets get those rare Cobb backs going too…

  2. i have a honus wagner sweet corporal back card i have gotten from a man who aquired this card in 1948, i think it is a survivor in the card world, and i think its in really good condition, if your interested in seeing this card please notify me via email and i will send some pics of my card i have and tell me what you think, i think you will be surprised to see this beauty

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