Hunt Auctions will be offering a unique 1909 T-206 Honus Wagner tobacco card proof strip as the main attraction of the 2010 Live Auction at MLB All-Star FanFest.
The piece is expected to realize $250,000+ in the live auction on Tuesday, July 13th at the Anaheim Convention Center, starting at 10:00 a.m. PT, as part of the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Week festivities.
Along with the proof strip there will be approximately 700 other items of baseball history up for sale. The auction items will be on display for fans visiting the five day MLB All-Star FanFest in Anaheim.
“Hunt Auctions is honored to share this exciting Honus Wagner piece with baseball fans,” said David Hunt, President of Hunt Auctions. “The 1909-11 T-206 Honus Wagner card is the most valuable and recognized baseball card achieving iconic status because Wagner objected to his card being produced by a tobacco company. The extreme scarcity of the offered card proof strip is reflected in the estimated value of the piece.”
The proof strip is the lone surviving example of the 1909-11 T-206 Honus Wagner in this format which was discovered among some of Honus Wagner’s personal belongings in the Wagner family estate. Sold several times at auction since its discovery, it was recently graded as “Authentic,” according to SGC.
Additional headliners in the live auction include Whitey Ford’s 1961 A.L. Cy Young award plaque (est. $150,000-$200,000), a rookie era Mickey Mantle 1951 World Series professional model baseball bat (est. $100,000-$150,000), a Roberto Clemente autographed professional model glove c.1967 (est. $30,000-$40,000), a Jackie Robinson professional model baseball bat c.1953 (est. $30,000-$40,000), a pristine Babe Ruth and Mel Ott autographed baseball (est. $20,000-$30,000), a Joe DiMaggio professional model baseball bat c. 1941-42( est. $25,000-$35,000), a 1999 New York Yankees World Series ring (est. $20,000-$30,000), and a Kirby Puckett game-worn World Series road jersey c. 1991 (est. $10,000-$15,000).
This year’s Live Auction at MLB All-Star FanFest lineup will also feature a group of personal items from legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg, the personal collection of Cuban Baseball Hall of Famer Forrest “Spook” Jacobs, and pieces from the personal collection of the late Los Angeles Dodgers executive Robert Schenz.
Bids for the Live Auction at MLB All-Star FanFest may be made in person at the auction, via phone at 610.524.0822 or online at www.HuntAuctions.com. Additional information, photos, and a complete listing of items available can be found online as well.
Hunt will again conduct daily silent auctions held exclusively for visitors of MLB All-Star FanFest on Friday, July 9th – Monday, July 12th featuring vintage and modern era items for less than $1,000.
The company and a team of experts will conduct a complimentary appraisal fair Friday, July 9th through Monday, July 12th for visitors of All-Star FanFest. Select items from the appraisal fair may be consigned to the live auction. Attendees can call ahead to schedule a private consultation at 610.524.0822.