Legendary baseball card -- T206 Honus Wagner
Keith Sharon, The Orange County Register (February 28, 2007)
Picture taken by
Sang H. Park, The Orange County Register (February 28, 2007)
Cost of the card
*In a 1995 promotional sale of baseball cards through Wal-Mart, a woman named Patricia
Gibbs won the card. She auctioned it, and Gidwitz bought it.
|Sept. 2007||$2.8 million||Private Collector
|Feb. 2007||$2.35 million||Private California Sports Collector
in Partnership With SCP Auctions Inc.
|2000||$1.26 million||Brian Seigel, Tustin
|1996 *||$640,000||Michael Gidwitz, Chicago
|1995||$500,000 (estimated)||Treat Entertainment Co.
|1991||$451,000||Wayne Gretzky/Bruce McNall, Los Angeles
|1987||$110,000||James Copeland, San Luis Obispo
|1986||$25,000||Bill Mastro, Willowbrook, Ill.
What makes this card valuable
The highest price ever paid for a collectible baseball card was announced February 26, 2007 after
a Laguna Niguel man and an anonymous partner who lives in Orange County bought it from a former
Tustin resident for $2.35 million. The card, showing turn-of-the-century star Honus Wagner, is
about the size of an adult's thumb. It was printed on cardboard and issued by a cigarette maker in 1909.
Why the card is so valuable
Excellent condition -- Though a century old, it is mostly unmarked by time or use. Professional
graders rate it twice as good as the next best Wagner card of the time.
Comparative scarcity -- Wagner limited the number of cards with his picture. Legends about the
reason for this vary. He may have had second thoughts about promoting smoking, or he may have
been angry about getting too little money from the manufacturer.
Player's status -- In 1936, Wagner was one of the first five players elected to the Baseball
Hall of Fame, along with Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson and Fullerton-raised Walter Johnson.
Expanding market -- The number of wealthy collectors has grown, so this Honus Wagner T-206
card – unique in its pristine condition – is considered the most desirable baseball card ever printed.
Periodical - PSA-8 T206 Honus Wagner sold for $2.35M
Periodical - T206 Honus Wagner Sells for Record $2.35 Million
Periodical - T206 Wagner PSA-8 nets $1.27 Million
Periodical - New Owner of the $1.27M Wagner