1909-1911 T206 PSA Authentic Honus Wagner at Auction

The Holy Grail of Baseball Cards Expected to Sell for Two Million Dollars
  • October 19, 2021


The holy grail of baseball cards, a 1909-1911 T206 Honus Wagner, is coming to auction in a rare sale.  The hobby's most valuable card is estimated to reach two million dollars when the hammer drops!

Have you ever dreamed about owning a T206 Honus Wagner?  We have, too! Given the scarcity of the card, the opportunities to own the "Holy Grail" of baseball cards are few and far between.  If this card has been on your radar, you now have the chance to bid on one thanks to SCP Auctions.  If the price tag isn't in your budget, just spend a second looking at this rare beauty!


The Honus Wager card is part of the T206 Tobacco set. From 1909 to 1911, these baseball cards were distributed into various brands of tobacco.  Think of how you collected cards from the 1950's -1990's when a stick of gum came with the packs. Before the gum, cards were part of ads to sell tobacco!  

For unknown reasons, Wagner did NOT want his card produced in the set. Perhaps trying to prevent kids from using tobacco, or a contract dispute over compensation between he and the American Tobacco Company are the two top theories. Printing of the Wagner card came to a halt, leaving the hobby with fewer than 100 cards known to exist.

Since 1933, every record-breaking sale of a sports card has typically been the T206 Honus Wagner.  A copy of this card graded SGC 3 is the current-record holder with a sale price of 6.6 million dollars! You can see that card HERE


The Wagner coming to auction is graded Authentic by PSA. If you're not familiar with card grading, we have tips for you HERE. Rather than assigning a numerical grade, this card was deemed simply Authentic by PSA.  Of the fewer than 100 copies known, 35 have been graded by PSA, including this Authentic copy.



Image provided by SCP Auctions


It's not every day you even have a chance to see a Wagner!  The "Sweet Caporal" is the tobacco brand.  If you're wondering about the "restored" note on the label, this indicates that at some point, a person tried to do just that - restore the card. Restoring could mean coloring in part of the card that lost a little brightness over a century of time. Cards could be partially torn and taped or glued back together to "restore" the card, and sometimes a person may "trim" the card but cutting the edge of the card to make the corners sharp again.  Does the restoration bring the value of a card down?  Unlike vintage homes or cars, YES, the value drops a bit when it comes to sports cards - we recommend NOT doing that to your cards. However, when it comes to a T206 Wagner, collectors will still pay top dollar for a "restored" authentic card.  Just how much is a "restored" , Authentic Wagner?


SCP Auctions is offering the T206 Honus Wagner in their FALL PREMIER AUCTION now until October 30th. You can see and BID on the Wagner card HERE.

The estimated price is TWO MILLION DOLLARS!

Thank you to SCP Auctions for allowing us to use the photo of the Wagner card; it's exquisite! 

How much do YOU think the final sale price will be?  Comment below on the blog!  


If you have a T206 Honus Wagner, we'd love to hear from you - and we mean LOVE to hear from you! This card is always on our Buy List, 24/7!

We have purchased numerous T206 collections including some very rare cards in the set like the Eddie Plank card.

Just Collect is always buying vintage sports and non-sports cards from 1879 to 1979 as well as select modern cards. Your collection doesn't have to be all vintage like this collection either!  We recently bought a graded card collection of more modern cards that was filled with rookie cards of Kobe Bryant, Tom Brady, and even Hulk Hogan that you can see here.

If you have a collection that you are considering selling, contact me today to discuss or get our industry-leading purchase offer. If you have a collection that you want appraised, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss your collection and help you understand the real cash value of your collection in the current marketplace. Check out the Just Collect buy list blog here


We've run into a wide range of people and collections over the last 25 years. Although Just Collect is known for buying vintage sports cards and especially vintage baseball cards, we are also extremely interested in buying non-sports cards, too!  

Every collection and every collector is different and we treat EVERY collection with the respect and attention that we show for our own collections. We understand that many have put their heart and souls into building their collections. So when you're ready to sell, we understand the feelings that you're going through and will work with you to help you reach a decision that is a WIN/WIN, because if you're not happy, we're not happy.


Whether you have complete vintage sets, single cards of players like Mickey Mantle or Michael Jordan, or even cards of select modern stars, I'd love to hear from you!  You can reach out any time!  


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