Update (June 11): This card sold for $609,294 at auction.
A low-grade Honus Wagner T206 baseball card with a lengthy lineage in the hobby is hitting the auction block as part of a meaty collection of vintage cardboard.
The J. Ross Greene Collection will be handled by SCP Auctions later this month and it includes “a lifetime accumulation of cards and memorabilia honoring diamond and gridiron greats from the turn of the century to the modern era” and “boasts more than 100,000 pre-war and post-war baseball and football cards” with many of them in runs of complete sets.
There are many iconic baseball cards from the past that you probably can’t own — that certainly applies to this collector — but there is another option to enjoy high-grade copies of stars from the past.
That option? Wall art.
Nestled among the various photos and artwork available in poster form over on Art.com are a number of vintage baseball cards that allow fans to collect and enjoy these small creations in a big and different way.
A series of charity auctions during the MLB Winter Meetings will raise money for a New Jersey youth baseball field in memory of former New York Mets public relations executive Shannon Forde and one will give a card collector a big, memorable moment.
One of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ auctions among more than 80 active as part of the Play Ball initiative will give the winner a chance to meet someone legendary in the history of baseball cards.
There’s no formal record book, but Honus Wagner and LeBron James are helping write it.
A pair of sports cards set sales records Saturday night in a Goldin Auctions event — a PSA 5 (MC) copy of Wagner’s iconic T206 baseball card and a modern-day Upper Deck creation from King James’ rookie year also graded and slabbed by PSA.
“The demand for rare, high-grade vintage cards has exploded so we were confident that there would be some eye-popping results and new record prices established,” said Ken Goldin, the founder of Goldin Auctions. “Every time one of these rare collectibles is offered for auction, serious collectors realize that it may be the last time for a long time. The booming market for high-grade rare trading cards, coupled with the limited supply, created the perfect storm for these remarkable prices.”
A big baseball card is heading to the auction block once again.
A PSA 5 (MC) copy of the 1909 T206 Honus Wagner — the most-valuable baseball card of all time — is headed back to the auction block this fall via Goldin Auctions. The Runnemede, N.J.-based company announced the news on Thursday, noting that it will be up for grabs in its “Great American Trading Card Auction” in September after it goes on display at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.
“Serious collectors understand that every time a card like this is offered for auction, it may be the last time for a long time,” said Ken Goldin, the founder of the auction house. “The excitement that the auction of a T206 Wagner generates, coupled with the current booming market for high-grade trading cards, creates the perfect storm for establishing a new standard for sports memorabilia.”
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