A T206 Honus Wagner card that was once owned by Charlie Sheen and wound up stolen from the New York City restaurant that had it on display in an unlocked case sold for $3 ,136,500 at auction late Thursday night.
The PSA 1 (poor) copy had been consigned through Mile High Card Company and was being offered for the first time since 2013 when it sold for $402,900.
According to the auction house, the Oklahoma resident who consigned the card has designated proceeds for the Boys and Girls Club.
The selling price, which included a 20 percent buyer’s premium, obliterated the old record for a PSA 1, set just 17 months ago, when another copy sold for $1.39 million. It also surpassed the price of a 1.5 that brought $2.28 million in May of last year. An SGC 3 Wagner that realized $6.6 million in August of last year is the most expensive baseball card ever sold.
The card sold Thursday night was loaned by Sheen—then an avid collector of baseball memorabilia—to the new All-Star Café in New York, a sports-themed restaurant in 1998. It was part of a display of memorabilia from the actor’s collection but security was virtually non-existent and the nephew of a restaurant employee concocted a scheme to sell the Wagner card and replace it with a replica. After the case holding an uncut sheet of 1934 Goudey cards was cracked in another theft by one of four co-conspirators, an investigation was launched and the original Wagner was recovered.
The Wagner wasn’t the only million dollar T206 card in the auction. A PSA 2 copy of the ultra-rare Joe Doyle “NY Nat’l” error card netted $1,055,798 also a new record price. A rare T206 Eddie Plank, graded PSA Authentic, sold for $129,170.
A complete T206 set of 520 cards, missing only the Wagner, Doyle, Plank and Sherry “Magie” error cards, sold for $400,772.
Complete results can be found here.