Holy Grail of Baseball Cards T206 Honus Wagner Tobacco Card at Auction

Just Collect is Buying Rare T206 Tobbaco Cards
  • July 13, 2023

The most famous baseball card of all-time, the T206 Honus Wagner, is coming to auction. If you've dreamed of owning a Holy Grail, here is your chance! We are always buying rare T206 tobacco cards as well as other vintage collections here at Just Collect.

The Holy Grail of baseball cards is about to be publicly available. One of the most desired releases in the hobby is the 1909-11 T206 set.  Rather than the cards coming into the wax packs with a stick of gum that you remember from when you were a kid, these baseball cards were inserted into packs of tobacco. In total, 16 different brands of tobacco used baseball cards to advertise their products. On the front of each card is a picture of the player, and on the back is the ad for each tobacco brand. In total, 524 cards were made, and some of these are quite rare! The T206 set is the home of the famous T206 Honus Wagner card.

Honus Wagner

For unknown reasons, Honus Wagner chose to NOT have his card produced in the T206 set. The top two theories are that either Wagner hoped to prevent kids from using tobacco or that he had a financial dispute with the American Tobacco Company. Printing stopped for the Wagner card, leaving fewer than 100 copies of the card known to exist. 

When a record price paid for a sports card falls, it is usually a T206 Honus Wagner. Last Summer, a Wagner card was sold for 7.5 million dollars

This particular T206 Honus Wagner has been graded by PSA as Authentic and has been restored. Mile High Auction Co. posted a picture of the card on their Facebook page that you can see HERE.A Wagner has not been on the market for over a year! 

We are ALWAYS buying rare and vintage T206 tobacco cards. Our owner, Leighton, has handled the purchase of a T206 Honus Wagner! He has also discovered and purchased other rare cards from the set including the scarce Eddie Plank. The story on how Leighton discovered the Eddie Plank card has an amazing story behind it; the card was tucked away inside of a closet! You can read and take in the entire story with The Fairy Godmother Find. Just a few months ago, Just Collect purchase a huge collection of over 400 Tobacco cards including T206 cards of Ty Cobb and Cy Young in the Joe McCord Family Collection.

If you have a collection of T206 cards, an Eddie Plank, or even an Honus Wagner, reach out to Just Collect today. The retail stores are focused on selling modern products and simply don't have the time or the knowledge to carefully evaluate vintage collections, and this is where we are happy to help. If you're attending the National this month, we will be at booth #2102 buying collections during the convention - come say hello!


Just Collect is always buying vintage sports and non-sports cards from 1879 to 1979 as well as select modern cards. If you have a collection that you are considering selling, contact us 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.

We always offer a FREE APPRAISAL for your collection here at the Just Collect site. Just click here:


We offer may ways to evaluate your cards other than or using our website, too.

  • Travel to Us

If you can make the trip here like the son from my hometown did for this collection- we can make a deal at the office. We once met a father-son duo that drove eight hours from Virginia to meet us to sell a Michael Jordan rookie card stored in Tupperware since 1986 - great read here

  • Come to convention

We keep a LIST of card shows we'll be attending.  Come stop by the Just Collect table and chat.

  • Meet in-person

If you have a valuable collection and want us to come to you, we'll hop on the next plane out.

  • Meet in New York City

We have another location in New York you can meet us at; read all the information here.

  • SHIP your collection 

If you choose to mail your cards for an appraisal, we will evaluate your cards for FREE still. If you choose not to sell the cards, we'll ship them back shipping fees paid by us!  We can offer our FedEx account with 2-day shipping, fully insured, all covered by us. Simply contact the office to set up this option.


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 vintage cards or modern wax you want to sell, you can reach out to us any time! 


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