T206 Honus Wagner Card Expected to Sell for $500K

T206 Honus Wagner
via SCP Auctions

If you’re familiar with baseball cards, than you know the T206 Honus Wagner is the holy grail of the hobby. Any time one pops up at auction, it draws lots of attention and sells for big money.

California-based SCP Auctions is auctioning a PSA 1 graded copy of the T206 Honus Wagner and it’s expected to fetch upwards of $500,000 USD.

The T206 Wagner was released between 1909-11 and only around 200 copies were ever released, because production was halted of the particular card. Its widely believed that Wagner didn’t want his young fans buying cigarettes, so he had his card removed from the set. Today, its believed only around 60 cards exist.

It’s so rare, each Wagner card has a nickname. This one is called “The Original Wagner”, because it dates back to a 1930 New Jersey newspaper article highlighting the collection of the card’s original owner Willie Ratner. It was the first major public statement on the rarity of the T-206 Honus Wagner, which has since become the holy grail of baseball memorabilia.

Due to the condition, its only expected to sell for $500K. However, others out there have sold for much more. Last October, the “Jumbo Wagner” sold at auction for a record $3.12 million.

The SCP Auctions for “The Original Wagner” will be held online from May 24 through June 10