In the end, The T206 Honus Wagner card graded PSA 5(MC) became just the second baseball card in history to break the $2 million mark when it sold for $2,105,770 (inclusive of the buyer's premium) in Goldin Auctions' latest sale that generated more than $3.2 million in total bids.
The Wagner in Goldin Auctions' sale trailed just the $2.8 million "Gretzky" Wagner. The card in the Goldin auction brought $1.62 million the last time it was sold. Fifteen bids were placed on the item.
But that wasn't the only big-ticket item in the sale. Alex Rodriguez' 2009 New York Yankees World Series Ring (an additional ring given to his cousin) was second on the list at $50,399. Then came a pair of familiar cards: 1933 Goudey #106 Napolean Lajoie SGC NM+ 7.5 ($42,305) and 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle SGC 92 NM/MT+ 8.5 ($38,363). A 1909-11 E90-1 Joe Jackson PSA VG-EX 4 sold for $34,962.
The biggest mover on the final day of bidding was a 2001 Derek Jeter World Series game-used and signed bat (PSA). Predicted by Ken Goldin to be one of the big items in the sale, the bat garnered 24 bids and brought $37,486.
Among the other items in the Top 25:
- Honus Wagner single-signed N.L. Ball, PSA/DNA 7 - $35,293
- 1972-1974 Earl Monroe New York Knicks home jersey and shorts - $21,372
- Thomas Jefferson Signed Act of Congress as Secretary of State - $18,109
- 1949 Norm Van Brocklin game-worn College All-Stars uniform - $17,663
- "Vindication Bowl" Joe Montana game-worn jersey 9/11/94 vs 49ers, signed - $17,663
- "Perfect Game" signed pitchers baseball - $17,220
- Mariano Rivera game-used glove - $13,155
- 1923 W515-1 #47 Babe Ruth PSA GEM MINT 10, 1-of-1 - $12,510
- 1959-60 Stan Musial game-used and signed Hillerich & Bradsby Bat - $10,600
- “We Made This Game” NBA Living Legends Signed 1/1 original artwork (61 signatures) - $10,339.
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