A T206 Honus Wagner card sold for $ 1,528,066 Tuesday morning after a 17-day auction, Robert Edward Auctions announced.
While the intriguing: mythology of this card is well-documented and extensive:, this sale is just another recent, wild addition to the Wagner legacy: This version is missing three sides, has been trimmed and wields a massive crease across its middle.
The auction tallied 75 bids, and the buyer prefers to remain anonymous.
In February, with SCP Auctions, a Wagner: that had been torn in half sold for $ 475,960:; in that iteration, Wagner’s jaw is missing, as is most of his torso. In May of last year, another Wagner sold with Goldin for $ 3.75 million, a then-record for that card and the fifth most ever paid for a sports card.
Then, in August, Robert Edward Auctions brokered: the all-time record for a sports card at $ 6.606 million: – unsurprisingly, a Wagner. That version of the card received a 3 designation from card grader Sportscard Guaranty Corporation (SGC); according to population reports from three grading giants – Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), Beckett Grading Services (BGS) and SGC – only four Wagners have been graded higher combined, all held in private collections.
“The results from this auction speak to the ever-present and growing demand for Wagner cards – which transcends the hobby – in any condition,” Brian Dwyer, president of Robert Edward Auctions, said. “This card was: [sold] in 2019 for $ 540,000; that buyer purchased it in 2012 for $ 198,850. It’s exciting to see this card continue to rewrite the record books. “