T206 Honus Wagner Hits the Block

T206 Wagner Jumbo Baseball CardT206 Honus Wagner. The card of all baseball cards. The Holy Grail of sports collectibles. The top rung of an industry ladder that keeps climbing and climbing. Goldin Auctions is proud to once again offer a T206 Wagner, and this flawless beauty is sure to set records…again.

1909-1911 T206 White Border Honus Wagner

The 1909-1911 T206 White Border Honus Wagner, the “Jumbo” Wagner, is the example to which all other collectibles in the industry are compared. Even collectibles outside the sports auction industry are compared to this. It’s more than ultra-rare, more than old, more than perfect – it’s famous. Even those who have never bought a baseball card in their lives have heard of the T206 Wagner.

Why Is It the Crown Jewel?

For starters, best estimates are that less than 200 of these cards were ever made, and less than 50 have ever been presented for grading or authentication. Of the few that are known to still exist, they aren’t all identical either. It’s THE “Jumbo” meaning its substantial borders make it larger than is typical, and thus more scarce. Of the T206 Wagners in the world, this particular one is possibly the most flawless example. It’s unaltered. It’s graded EX 5 (MC) by PSA. And it’s traceable to its original owner.


More than that, it also serves as a marker for what the industry is doing. Economies and politics change constantly, but the T206 Honus Wagner is the touchstone that proves that collectibles are still going strong. The upward swing on these cards, regardless of condition, is undeniable. Look at the climb in value of even low-grade cards:

  • In 2000, a T206 graded PSA 2 sold for $75,000.
  • In 2005, another PSA 2 T206 sold for $237,000.
  • In 2008, a graded 1 card sold for $317,250, and an SGC 3 sold for a high bid of  $700,000.
  • In 2012, a VG-3 card sold to an anonymous buyer for $1.6 million.

Then in 2013, we had the pleasure of breaking the record with the T206 “Jumbo” Honus Wagner graded EX 5 (MC) by PSA for a whopping $2,105,770.50.

Great American Trading Card Auction

It could be many years before we see a high-grade T206 hit the auction block again, so this is not to be missed. This gem from the past will continue making more history in the Inaugural Great American Trading Card Auction. It’s likely that this card will break the current record that it set in 2013.

Bidding begins September 12, 2016 and closes October 1.


T206 Honus Wagner Letter Provenance