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1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner, the world’s most valuable baseball card, sells for $2.1 million

04/06/2013 at 7:22 am By

T206 Wagner

In an online auction run by Goldin auctions on Saturday morning, the rarest and most expensive baseball card in the world, the 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner card, was auctioned off for a record $2.1 million.

The $2.1 million sale for the card breaks the previous record ever paid for a trading card, which was $1.6 million in 2008; that amount was paid for the exact same card.

The buyer of the card wishes to remain anonymous for the time being, but Goldin did say that it was bought by “someone outside of the hobby.”

In the report from ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Rovell explains the card’s enormous value and a bit of controversy that surrounds the card. From the report:

Legend has it that fewer than 200 cards of the Hall of Fame shortstop were produced because Wagner was not happy with the card’s producer the American Tobacco Company and the smoking message it sent to children. Wagner, however, smoked and endorsed cigars, leading some to believe he was merely upset with not being paid for his image.

The card is also controversial because the one that sold for the highest price, the Wagner in the best condition, is said to have been trimmed to improve its condition.

There are a lot of things that I would do with $2.1 million. Buying a baseball care, no matter how rare, is not one of them. To each his own, though.

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