Honus Wagner Baseball Card Sells for 2.1 Million Dollars
This story will have all of us who collected baseball cards when we were young hurrying to our attics and basements opening dusty, old boxes.
The card collectors call “The Holy Grail”, the 1909 card of Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner sold at auction for 2.1 million dollars. The bidding began at $500,000 on February 25th. It is widely believed that the card is one of only 50 in existence. The card is considered so unique that one of them is on its own plaque in the Hall of Fame. The only one to be so honored.
The slight number of the 1909 cards is the result of action by Wagner himself. He discovered that the card was made without his permission, and distributed by the American Tobacco Company in packs of cigarettes. Wagner demanded the cards be recalled. He didn’t want children buying cigarettes.
The card’s value is increased because at the time of its release, Wagner was leading the Pirates to its first World Series win, while capturing his 7th batting title. He won his 8th title in 1911.
Wagner was a first round Hall of Famer, receiving over 95% of the votes. He had a lifetime batting average of .327, and compiled 3415 hits. He had 1732 runs batted in with 101 home runs, 640 doubles, and 252 triples.
He played 17 years for the Pirates. His last appearance was on September 17, 1917.
Columnist-The Guardian Express