T206 Proof Strip with Wagner Brings $316,250

There were some high dollar players on the field during Tuesday night’s All-Star Game.

There were some high dollar players outside the ballpark too.

T206 Honus Wagner proof stripSome heavy-hitter collectors joined curious fans for the annual FanFest Auction on Tuesday afternoon in Anaheim with the T206 Honus Wagner proof strip card featured as the star attraction.  The uncut strip of cards from the 1909-1911 series was said to have been found in Wagner’s home years after his death, perhaps given to him when the American Tobacco company sought to include him in its 504-card set.  ATC was forced to pull the card from distribution when Wagner asked that it not be included.

The SGC-authenticated strip was purchased for $316,250 including Hunt Auctions’ 15% buyer’s premium.  The winning bidder hasn’t been identified.  SCP Auctions placed the winning bid on behalf of one of its clients.

The T-206 piece includes four other players: Mordecai Brown (HOF), Frank Bowerman, Cy Young (HOF), and Johnny Kling, along with Wagner.

“We are thrilled that we have been able to help our client obtain this iconic object in the field of baseball card collecting,” said SCP Auctions’ president and CEO David Kohler.  ” The continued interest in T-206 Wagner legacy continues to transcend popular culture.”

A 1967 team-signed, game-worn Roberto Clemente glove sold for $115,000 in bidding that began online and concluded with the live portion of the auction, just hours before the first pitch of the All-Star Game.

A 1951 World Series bat given to Mickey Mantle drew a crowd of interested bidders and sold for $69,000 while a Jackie Robinson professional model bat dating from 1953 sold for $63,250.  The bat had been given to a young boy during a trip to Ebbets Field and remained in his possession for 57 years.

Other items sold included:

  • 1940-42 Joe DiMaggio bat possibly dating from his 56-game hitting streak  $46,000
  • 1999 Chili Davis New York Yankees World Series ring  $35,650
  • 1998 Chili Davis Yankees World Series ring  $28,750
  • 1999 Chili Davis Yankees World Series ring  $28,750
  • 1924-26 Babe Ruth professional model bat  $24,150
  • 1991 Kirby Puckett World Series jersey  $23,000
  • Babe Ruth-Mel Ott autographed baseball $18,400