T206 Honus Wagner PSA-2 sold for a record price of $236,706
Written by T206museum (April, 2005)
MastroNet auctioned a T206 Honus Wagner PSA-2 and sold
for $236,706 in their
April 14-15, 2005 MastroNet Sports & Americana auction. This is the highest price ever sold for a
PSA-2 specimen. In the last couple of auctions, T206 Honus Wagner being graded as PSA-1 sold
for over $100,000 and "Authentic" specimens sold for $63000 range.
The last PSA-2 Wagner was sold by MastroWest in September 2000 for $74,918 and a PSA-3 Wagner
sold for $145,314 by Mastro in November 2000.
This is the auction description:
Graded GOOD 2 by PSA, one of just 10 examples in existence at its tier with more than
one-third of the piece's total population grading lesser. This is one of the very few
collectibles on earth for which no explanatory description is required, and for which
verbal inducement intended to pique interest is utterly redundant. The mere sight of
a T206 Wagner is sufficient to provoke an unbelievably pleasant sensation, unique to
each individual, within the emotional core of a baseball enthusiast. Wagner's legend
is well-traveled-particularly as it relates to this small but majestic printed piece
with the distinctive orange background-but the specifics of each T206 Wagner's singular
journey remain bountifully intriguing. We recognize the likeness of the Dutchman at once,
but related questions immediately ensue. "Where has this card been? What has it seen?"
Those wonderings are compelling in each Wagner card's own instance. They only add even
more fuel to the magnetic wish to possess it, and, in so doing, to contribute to the
card's personal time-line's path. Rather than being disrupted overmuch by a grading
assessment that might, at first blush, be perceived as negative, this specimen's mystique
is sparkling and intact. Creases trace a faint latticework about the cardfront's central
subject, but the observer sees at once that Wagner's gaze has remained solid and direct-as
if mere fingers would dare to touch those eyes! Viewed casually, the piece works its magic
with time-tested effectiveness and power, and, studied closely, its evidence of handling
forms gripping testimony with respect to the relic's immutability and endurance. The
reverse's advertisement marks the card's long-ago embarkation into the world as a Sweet
Caporal Cigarettes promotional giveaway, but its subsequent peregrinations have carried
the keepsake through dimensions about which we can only speculate. Here is the item that
has inspired the industry from its earliest days, and the artifact which continues to be
the ultimate goal for every enthusiast. Honus Wagner's presence elevates any collection
like no other force on the planet, but so lamentably few of the industry's finest
assemblies have the opportunity to attain the resultant, ultra-elite status thus afforded.
This special card, with its signs of natural circulation displayed proudly and its superb
eye appeal left undiminished, represents the cherished essence of the innumerable, rewarding
lifetimes spent in pursuit of collecting fulfillment.
Minimum Bid: $50,000.00
Final Bid: $236,706.00