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Rare Honus Wagner baseball card sells for $7.25 million

Honus Wagner baseball card
A T-206 Honus Wagner baseball card sold for $7.25 million in a private sale. Bloomberg via Getty Images

 One of the world's rarest baseball cards is last week's exceptional value.

The famous T206 Honus Wagner was sold for a record $7.25 million in a private sale facilitated by Goldin Auctions, the company said. said Thursday. Exceeded the selling price in August 2021. The card sold for $6.6 million at the time.

"I have been in this business for a very long time and have seen many wonderful trading cards and memorabilia, but there is nothing like the T-206 card on the planet. said Goldin, Executive Chairman and Founder of Ken Goldin, in a news release. “There is a reason Wagner cards have never been sold for less than they were previously purchased. Cards are art, history and folklore. It's one of the reasons I work and one of the reasons why avid collectors around the world love this hobby so much.It's an honor to be a part of history and promote this record-breaking sale." 26}

The Wagner card is considered the "Mona Lisa of baseball cards." The industry considers less than 50 certified copies.

Honus Wagner
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1909-11 T206 card is Good 2 The state was rated on a scale of 1 to 10 by Sportscard Guaranty Corp (SGC).

Wagner, who was inducted into the Pittsburgh Hall of Fame as a shortstop who played for his Pirates in the early 1900s, is said to have been upset that his likeness was used on tobacco products. He refused American Tobacco's request to use his image, so the company stopped producing his cards.

Wagner played baseball from 1897 until he was in 1917. He played for the Colonels of Louisville and Pittsburgh for his Pirates. He helped the Pirates to his series of Worlds in 1909, batting his title eight times. 328 in his 2,794 games.