by: Michael Reiner, Nexstar Multimedia Cable, Jeremy Tanner
PITTSBURGH, PA (WKBN)- A baseball card of a Pittsburgh Pirates legend has just been bought for millions.
According to Official Pittsburgh Postal Journal, Honus Wagner’s 1909-1911 T206 card sold for $7.25 million at Goldin Auctions. Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions oversaw the purchase of what is now the most expensive card ever purchased and says there are fewer than 50 authenticated T-206 Wagner cards.
USA today reports that the buyer and seller have chosen to remain anonymous and that the card is believed to be the rarest baseball card in the world.
Goldin Auctions said the previous record for Wagner’s T206 was $6.6 million and the card sold out in August 2021.
According to National Baseball Hall of Fame, Wagner spent all of his 21 seasons (1897-1917) with the Pirates, his hometown team. The shortstop won the National League batting title eight times and 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 also have their eyes on another ultra-rare baseball card that’s on sale until the auction ends on August 27 – a mint condition Mickey Mantle card from 1952.
The owner, Anthony Giordano, is described by The Associated Press as a New Jersey waste management contractor. Giordano paid $50,000 for the card at a card exhibition in New York in 1991.
As for the card itself, the condition is near mint and Heritage Auctions, which runs the auction, estimates it could fetch over $10 million by the end of the auction.
“Card quality is key,” Derek Grady, executive vice president of sports auctions for Heritage Auctions, told The Associated Press. “Four sharp angles, gloss and color jump off the board.”