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Honus Wagner card sells for $6.6M, shattering record

Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions in Runnemede, displays a 1909 Honus Wagner card valued at an estimated $5 million.

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Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions in Runnemede, displays a 1909 Honus Wagner card valued at an estimated $5 million. Sports Cards Are Turning Big Profits 4

A T206 Honus Wagner card from 1909 sold for $6.6 million early Monday, shattering the record for highest-selling sports card of all time.

The previous record of $5.2 million belonged to a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card and the 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection autographed rookie jersey card of LeBron James.

What makes the Honus Wagner card special?

The T206 Wagner card is considered the holy grail of cards, given how few are known to exist.

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“This Wagner stands out because of its condition,” said Brian Dwyer, president of Robert Edward Auctions, which brokered the deal. “There’s only about 60 of these that we can confirm through various population reports and available grading data. Of those 60, most are rated poor, authentic or good, at best. This card is one of the best examples out there, and it’s certainly one of the best examples available.”

Both parties wished to remain anonymous, though the seller was identified as an East Coast collector.

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–Field Level Media