Collectors of fine art, historical artifacts and sports memorabilia don’t agree on much, but when asked to name the sports collectible they would want to own, there is just one answer “The Wagner.” Now, one collector will get the chance to own one of the highest graded editions of the card in existence when Goldin Auctions offers for sale, a 1909 T206 Honus Wagner graded EX 5 (MC) by PSA in the company’s February 2013 auction. For more information, or to register for a free catalog, visit www.GoldinAuctions.com.
Issued by the American Tobacco Company, from 1909-11 as part of the T206 series, less than 200 Wagner cards were ever issued. Production of the card was halted after Wagner, the Pittsburgh Pirates star shortstop, requested the tobacco company to stop including his image in the cigarette packs. As a result, there have been less than 60 authentic Wagner cards submitted for authentication and/or grading by the major card grading companies.
“With less than 60 authenticated Wagner cards out there, the opportunity to purchase one does not come around very often. The few owners recognize the investment potential of these ultra-rare, highly sought after collectibles and rarely sell them. It is easily the most famous of all trading cards and the ultimate addition to any collection,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “The fact that this Wagner carries a grade of EX 5 by PSA puts it in a class with just two others that have ever been graded. The day has arrived for someone new to lay claim to this investment grade price of baseball and American history.”
The T206 Honus Wagner up for auction has been referred to as “The Jumbo Wagner” by many in the world of sports collectibles due to its unusually ample borders. These dimensions, exceeding by far the standard size for a T206 baseball card, have virtually preserved a Near Mint example within its boundaries, elevating this example to an even higher and possibly unprecedented level in terms of condition. This card’s very existence, along with its condition, have defied virtually all odds to provide one fortunate collector the bragging rights of a superb example of the most coveted card in the arena of sports collectibles.
Based upon the current environment and historical price increases, it is quite possible for this sale to set a new overall record price for The Wagner. In 2012, a Wagner graded VG 3 sold for over $1.2 million – a 76% increase over what another VG 3 Wagner sold for just four years earlier. The only known public sale of an EX 5 Wagner was, for this very card back in 2008, for $1.62 million.
“The PSA EX 5 (MC) 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner (serial number 15385994) is, without question, one of the top examples of this historic card known,”
explained Joe Orlando, President of PSA. “The technical grade includes the MC qualifier. The card was given this designation by PSA due to its oversized nature. This particular T206 Honus Wagner stands out from other known examples and therefore gives it placement as a top-notch specimen.”
To ensure the integrity of the auction, all collectors, investors or agents bidding on their behalf must be pre-approved to bid on the Wagner. Potential bidders should contact Ken Goldin at [email protected] or call him at 856-767-8550 to have their accounts authorized.
In order to accommodate consigners who wish to have a high-value item featured in the same catalog as The Wagner, such as trading cards valued at over $5000 and memorabilia estimated at over $10,000, Goldin Auctions has extended the consignment deadline for such items until January 11, 2013. To consign an item to this auction contact the company at [email protected] or call 856-767-8550.
Goldin Auctions has been launched with the goal of best serving collectors and consignors and holding itself to the highest standards in the industry. Some of the policies that make Goldin Auctions different include: an industry low 10% buyers’ premium; all autographed items accompanied by an LOA from a third party authenticators (such as MLB), PSA/DNA or JSA; game worn items accompanied by a team, player or MEARS, PSA/DNA or other full LOA; the assurance to collectors and consignors that they can bid with confidence that their proxy/ceiling bids remain confidential as Goldin Auctions has disabled that feature of the auction and maximum bids are not known to the company.
About Goldin Auctions
Sports memorabilia impresario Ken Goldin has sold more than $600 million in memorabilia from many of the biggest names in sports, history and pop culture and was the pioneer of using the medium of television to sell sports memorabilia. With the launch of Goldin Auctions he continues to break new ground and offer collectors the best in memorabilia. Goldin Auctions items come with LOA from third party authenticators such as PSA/DNA or JSA. All game worn items come with team, player, MEARS, PSA/DNA full LOA or additional LOA. Goldin Auctions features a team of world-class memorabilia experts. For more information visit www.goldinauctions.com.