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‘World’s rarest baseball card’ sells for record price

By: Michael Reiner, Nextstar Media Wire, Jeremy Tanner

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Pittsburgh, Pa. (WKBN)- A baseball card of a Pittsburgh Pirates legend has been bought for millions.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a 1909-1911 T206 card by Honus Wagner sold for $7.25 million as part of a Goldin auction. Ken Goldin, of Goldin Auctions, oversaw the purchase of the most expensive card ever purchased and says there are fewer than 50 certified T-206 Wagner cards.

The buyer and seller chose to remain anonymous, and the card is considered one of the rarest baseball cards in the world, USA Today reported.

The previous record for Wagner’s T206 was $6.6 million, and the card sold in August 2021, Goldin Auctions said.

According to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Wagner spent all 21 seasons (1897-1917) with his hometown team, the Pirates. The shortstop won the National League batting title eight times, and he won a World Series title with Pittsburgh in 1909.

Wagner was one of the first five players elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.

Collectors have their eyes on another ultra-rare baseball card that is up for sale until the auction ends on August 27 – a mint condition Mickey Mantle card from 1952.

A Mickey Mantle baseball card will be on display at Heritage Auctions in Dallas on Thursday, July 21, 2022. The mint-condition mantle card is expected to sell for millions when bidding ends at the end of the month. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Owner Anthony Giordano is described by the Associated Press as a New Jersey waste management entrepreneur. Giordano paid $50,000 for the card at a 1991 New York City card show.

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As for the card, it is in perfect condition and Heritage Auctions, which is handling the bidding, estimates it could fetch more than $10 million by the end of the auction.

“The quality of the card is key,” Derek Grady, executive vice president of sports auctions at Heritage Auctions, told The Associated Press. “Four sharp corners, gloss and color jump off the card.”

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