There will be at least one T206 Honus Wagner for sale at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention. Bring your ID and your bank’s routing number. The asking price is $1.2 million.
Lelands announced Thursday it would be offering the Wagner card at the show, scheduled for July 31-August 3 in Chicago.
The card is the same one sold via Mastro Auctions in 2005 for $236,706. Prices for all Wagner cards have continued to increase in the eight years that have passed.
Robert Edward Auctions sold a ‘2’ in May of last year for $651,750 and a ‘1’ for $402,930 just two months ago. The PSA 5 ‘Jumbo’ Wagner brought $2.1 million at auction in April. Currently, a PSA 1 is available for sale on eBay with a ‘Buy it Now’ price of $435,000.
Other vintage sports memorabilia from Lelands.com up for sale at the convention include, among other things:
• The only known game-used ball from Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente’s last ever game – Game 5 of the 1972 National League Championship Series
• The earliest known Michigan Football program (1881) and Harvard and Yale football and baseball programs and tickets from the 1870s and 1880s
• The No. 3 Yankees pinstripe jersey worn by Babe Ruth’s replacement, George Selkirk
• A warm-up jacket worn by a member of the 1940s New York Rens, the first all-black basketball team
• The earliest fully-signed NBA Championship basketball (1947-48 Baltimore Bullets)
• A one-of-a-kind 1887 Allen & Ginter “World Champion” framed poster used to promote the classic N28 baseball card set and
• An 1890’s Genessee Athletics “Pitcher’s” baseball uniform by A.G. Spalding – considered the best-ever non-Major League uniform.
Lelands will be at booth 1000P and 1002P in Chicago.
Topps is going new age with its stats.
For years, hits, runs, homers and batting average defined our measurement of players. The newer generation of statistics is a bit more complex, but is also seen as a more accurate portrayal of value.
WAR, or ‘Wins Above Replacement’ is one such statistical measure and Topps is apparently going to include it as part of the stats on the back of its 2013 Finest Baseball set.
That was the word on Twitter when MLB Network’s Brian Kenny offered a wish on Twitter that Sabermetrics might be used for a set of cards.
Topps Editor Matthew Bleiberg was following and confirmed Topps would indeed be offering some fresh numbers next month with the release of 2013 Topps Finest Baseball and suddenly Twitter sort of blew up.
The San Pedro, California-based seller indicated it had been pulled from a jumbo box on July 17.
No word on what happened.
More Puig autographs will be coming down the pike as Platinum, Chrome and Allen & Ginter are released.