WEST BERLIN, N.J. — A new number for a Honus Wagner card can now be added to the list of statistics that baseball so loves: the number is $2,105,770. On April 5 at Goldin Auctions, a 1909 T206 Honus Wagner card, graded ex 5 (MC) by PSA, was sold for $2.1 million to become the highest price ever paid for any baseball card in a public auction. In all, more than 30 record prices were set in the April 5 auction, which generated more than $3.2 million in sales.
“To have surpassed the highest price ever paid for a baseball card at auction by nearly $500,000 is a spectacular outcome,” said Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions. “With fewer than 50 authenticated Wagner cards out there, the opportunity to purchase one does not come around very often, and it was obvious from the fevered pitch of the bidding that there was quite a demand for this card from many people. We are honored to have been able to bring this card to auction and thrilled to present it to its new owner, who has chosen to remain anonymous at this time.”
This T206 Honus Wagner has been referred to as “The Jumbo Wagner” due to its unusually ample borders. Issued by the American Tobacco Company from 1909 to 1911 as part of the T206 series, fewer than 200 Wagner cards were ever issued. Production of the card was halted after Wagner, the Pittsburgh Pirates star shortstop, requested the tobacco company to stop including his image in the cigarette packs.
Nearly as impressive as the sale price of the Wagner were the results for a 2001 Derek Jeter game-used and signed World Series bat, which sold for $37,486, and a 2009 Alex Rodriguez, NY Yankees World Series ring that far exceeded estimates by selling for $50,398.
All prices given include the buyer’s premium. A full report on the auction will be in a future issue.
For more information, www.goldinauctions.com.