Honus Wagner baseball card

the most famous and most expensive baseball card

The most famous, and most expensive sporting collector card for the grade, is the Honus Wagner card from the 1909 American Tobacco Company set. The record breaking card is the $1.265 million PSA NM-MT 8 T206 Honus Wagner.

The American Tobacco Company decided to introduce baseball advertising cards into their tobacco products with the issue of the T206 White Border Set in 1909. The cards were included in packs of cigarettes and produced over a three-year period until the ATC was dissolved.

Honus Wagner cardThe Honus Wagner card is considered the Holy Grail of baseball card collecting. It is conservatively estimated that around 50 of the cards exist, while more generous guesses edge toward 75 to 100.

The low number of examples in existence of the Honus Wagner card is attributed to the baseball player's objection to being used to promote tobacco. Wagner forced the cigarette companies to stop production of the card with his image on it, which was a major coup for an athlete in that era.

Have a look it your attic, maybe you have one stored away.

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