In a post by the Associated Press dated May 29, 2019, news from Laguna Niguel, Californa that a Honus Wagner baseball card has been sold privately for $1.2 million made headlines in papers around the world. According to the article, the card was "graded in Good 2 condition on a scale of 1 to 10 by Professional Sports Authenticator." The auction house, SCP Auctions in Southern California, says this particular Wagner card is becoming more and more valuable to collectors, having been sold twice before at auction, garnering $657,250 in 2014 and $776,750 in 2016. The reason the Honus Wagner T206 card is so rare is that Wagner was not happy about his image being used on a tobacco product and requested that American Tobacco Co. cease production of his card. Therefore, only a few dozen examples of the famed card are known to exist. Only six have ever been graded higher by PSA than the one that sold this week, including one known among collectors as "The Card."
See one of the rare Wagners at the Detroit Institute of Arts this Summer in celebration of America's favorite pastime in the exhibition: Play Ball! Transforming the Game, 1876-2019. In support of the exhibition, the DIA Shop has curated a small assortment of exhibition-related merchandise including a replica of the card and the book "The Card: Collectors, Con Men, & the True Story of History’s Most Desired Baseball Card" -- perfect for fans of baseball, history and collecting.