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Honus Wagner card breaks trading card record with $7.25M sale at Goldin

The T206 Honus Wagner card has long been one of the most valuable sports card in the industry. Another version has broken the all-time record with a $7.25 million sale by Goldin Co.

A T206 Honus Wagner card has broken the record for the most expensive trading card of all time, selling for $7.25 million in a private sale facilitated by Goldin Co.

The card, which is graded SGC 2 by Sportscard Guaranty Corp., broke the $6.6 million record that was set last year by a T206 Wagner card sold at auction by Robert Edward Auctions. That Wagner card is graded SGC 3.

The 1909 Sweet Caporal T206 Honus Wagner card that set the all-time trading card record of $7.25 million at Goldin Co.

The 1909 Sweet Caporal T206 Honus Wagner card that set the all-time trading card record of $7.25 million at Goldin Co.

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“I’ve been in this business for a very long time and seen a lot of incredible trading cards and pieces of memorabilia, but there is nothing on earth like a T206 card,” Goldin Founder and Executive Chairman Ken Goldin said. “There’s a reason why no Wagner card has never sold for less than it was previously purchased for — the card is art, it’s history, it’s folklore.

“The T206 is one of the reasons I do what I do and why serious collectors around the world love this hobby so much. To be a part of history and facilitate this record-breaking sale is an honor.”

The 1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Wagner is one of the “holy grails” sports cards, with fewer than 50 authenticated copies in existence.

The back of the T206 Honus Wagner card that set an all-time sports card record at $7.25 million.

The back of the T206 Honus Wagner card that set an all-time sports card record at $7.25 million.

A Wagner card held the all-time sports card record for years before being broken in August of 2020 by a Mike Trout 1/1 rookie card that sold for $3.9 million. That record was broken in early 2021 by a Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle card that sold for $5.2 million, a mark that was soon matched by a 1/1 LeBron James rookie card.

The new record may not last long as a Topps 1952 Mantle card, graded 9.5, is trending toward a record during Heritage Auctions’ Summer Sports Auction, which closes Aug. 27-28.

The 9.5 Mantle card, which was on display at the National Sports Collectors Convention last week, has a current bid of $7.08 million with the buyer’s premium. It is expected to top $10 million before the auction closes. 

Also See: Meet the owner of the ‘52 Mantle 9.5 

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