There’s a new world record for the most ever paid for a baseball card: $3.12 million.
A copy of the famous T206 Honus Wagner recently sold at auction for a new high of over $3 million, breaking the previous record of $2.8 million that a different copy fetched back in 2007, reports Beckett.
This particular copy, known as the “Jumbo Wagner”, is graded at PSA 5, making it one of the top-condition versions of the card. With the infamous “Gretzky Wagner” confirmed as being trimmed, this may be the best version of the card in existence.
The T206 Wagner is widely regarded as the “Holy Grail of baseball cards”, and copies of it has set record prices several times in the past.
This “Jumbo Wagner” gets its nickname for being slightly larger than typical 1909-11 T206 cards. It first surfaced in the mid-1970s, after the original owner died and it was sold by his daughter. It changed hands a couple of times in that decade before it surfaced again in 2008. It last sold in 2013 for $2.1 million.
The previous record price for any T206 Wagner was $2.8 million in 2007, when the PSA 8 copy of the “Gretzky Wagner” sold in a private sale to Arizona Diamondbacks owner, Ken Kendricks.
The controversy surrounding the “Gretzky Wagner” comes from its condition. There were rumors that it had been trimmed for years, but it was finally confirmed in 2013, when Bill Mastro — who was involved extensively in the card’s sales history — acknowledged his part in trimming the card’s edges. Despite this, its history makes it one of the most famous baseball cards in history.