1909 Honus Wagner baseball card sold for $2.1 million

1909 Honus Wagner baseball card sold for $2.1 million

Below StampNews.com publishes an interesting fact for all the baseball fans and passionate collectors: the 1909 card, known as the "Holy Grail" of Pittsburgh Pirate shortstop Honus Wagner was auctioned by Goldin Auctions in West Berlin, New Jersey for $2,105,770 to an unnamed buyer.

There are only about 50 Honus Wagner T206 cards in existence. The card is in such short supply because Wagner made the American Tobacco Company recall it when he discovered it had made the card without his permission. He didn't want kids to buy cigarettes, the auction house said.

The card was released as Wagner was on his way to winning his seventh batting title and about to lead the Pirates to their first World Series win. It's garnered such a place in baseball history that it has its own plaque at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

Probably only a true philatelist can estimate such bargain at its true value. By the way, prices on rare stamps are not at all inferior. Weighing just 0.03 grams, the tiny Treskilling Yellow, for instance, is thought to be the most valuable thing in existence by weight and volume. It only survives today thanks to a 14-year-old Swedish schoolboy who rescued it from his grandmother's rubbish bin in 1885 and sold it onto a dealer for the lowly price of seven Kroner.

Since then, the stamp has changed hands many times and each time has set a record price. The last sale was in 1996 when it sold for 2,875,000 Swiss Francs (£1.7 million), to collectors who remain anonymous.

Now the stamp, which is being shown at London's Festival of Stamps until Saturday, 13 of April, will be auctioned off in Geneva next week and can be sold on a highest price philatelic world has ever known.

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