The most legendary baseball card in the hobby, the T-206 Honus Wagner, has once again made some noise in the hobby. SportsCards Plus of Laguna Niguel, CA, one of the industry's top dealers, sold the famous card for a whopping $325,000. The buyer, whose identity was concealed at first, turned out to be Pacific CEO Mike Cramer, who purchased the card to complete his T-206 set.
The Wagner card was graded a PSA 4 VG-EX, which was very significant according to SportsCards Plus President David Kohler, "We have handled four Wagners here at SportsCards Plus but, as with the majority of the other Wagners that exist in the hobby, the condition is usually atrocious because of overhandling," Kohler continued, "This PSA example was very clean with bold colors and was, without a doubt, one of the nicest in the hobby. In fact, at the time this card was graded, it ranked as the second best Wagner ever to grade at PSA."
Currently, this Wagner example ranks third in the PSA Population Report behind a PSA 5 and the famous PSA 8 Wagner. This card also ranks high in another area: At $325,000, the price realized is the second highest ever paid for a PSA graded sportscard. The highest price ever paid for a PSA graded card was $640,000, for the aforementioned PSA 8 Wagner a few years ago.
"It is rumored that only around 50 Wagners exist in the world and, when you have the chance to handle one of this quality, it's really special," explained Kohler.