Honus Wagner T206 Card Sells for $1.2 Million in Local Dealer's Auction

click to enlarge The famed Honus Wagner T206 card.
The famed Honus Wagner T206 card.
Sunset Hills collectibles dealer Bill Goodwin reaped a higher-than-anticipated $1.2 million for the well-graded Honus Wagner T206 baseball card in an online auction last night. Your baseball cards are still comparatively worthless, however, so don't get your hopes up.

The Wagner card, which measures a dinky 1.5 by 2.5 inches, is so valuable because of its rarity. An estimated 60 of the cards still exist, many of them in crappy condition. Wagner himself earned $10,000 annually for playing baseball in 1908, making him the highest paid player of his day. $10,000 was worth a lot more back then, obviously, but Wagner could hit, field and steal with unparalleled skill. Not bad for a bowlegged, barrel-chested kid from Pittsburgh.

If you're looking for a great time suck on this rainy Friday morning, reading about Honus Wagner is a great answer to your problem. Wagner was contemporaries with some of baseball's most legendary players -- Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson -- and they all concurred that he was probably the greatest all-around player of their era. He also had a stubborn integrity. 

In the 1903 World Series, Wagner's Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Boston Americans; Wagner had an especially rough outing, batting just .222 for the Series, and this after he had won the NL batting title. A special "hall of fame" for hitters requested a portrait of him to honor his batting crown, and Wagner refused on the grounds that "I was too bum last year. I was a joke in that Boston-Pittsburgh series. What does it profit a man to hammer along and make a few hits when they are not needed only to fall down when it comes to a pinch. I would be ashamed to have my picture up now."

They don't make 'em like Honus Wagner anymore, do they?
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