Any T206 Honus Wagner draws a crowd of collectors and investors. There was more proof in the recent sale conducted by Legendary Auctions.
The auction closed March 3 and included over 1400 lots that sold for a combined $3.1 million.
The item that attracted the highest price-realized in the company’s catalog sale was a 1909-11 T206 White Border Honus Wagner card assessed Authentic/Altered by PSA. The restored card sold for $219,225, further establishing the strength of T206 baseball cards as the hobby’s premier vintage set.
While the majority of the media attention focused on a cache of love letters written by a young John F. Kennedy, Legendary Auctions’ bidders also had a selection of high grade and rare sports cards available in the auction.
In fact, sports cards accounted for 12 of the top 16 lots sold.
1933/34 V357 World Wide Gum “Ice Kings” Hockey Complete Set (72) – #1 on the PSA Set Registry
The finest “Ice Kings” set known to exist. $91,838.
1933 Goudey #106 Napoleon Lajoie – PSANM 7 $38,513.
1915 Cracker Jack #30 Ty Cobb – SGC 92 NM/MT+ 8.5
One of only two cards graded by SGC at this tier with just one graded higher. The card went for $32,588.
1961 Topps Complete set (587) Plus Checklist Variations – #8 on the PSA Set Registry $32,588.
1910 D322 Tip Top Bread Honus Wagner – PSA EX 5 “1 of 2”
There isn’t another card like this one graded higher. In fact, only one other card has ever been assigned the same grade. $29,625.
1911 M110 Sporting Life Cabinets Honus Wagner – PSA VG-EX+ 4.5 “1 of 1”
No card like this is graded higher and in fact, PSA has only two of these cards reported in its entire census. The card sold for $29,625.
1911 M110 Sporting Life Cabinets Ty Cobb – PSA VG 3 (MK)
Although similar in design to T3 Turkey Red cabinets, the M110s are infinitely more scarce. Only six of these are known to exist and only one is graded higher. The final price was $29,625.
1933 R319 Goudey PSA-Graded Complete Set (239) – #19 on the PSA Set Registry $29,625.
1911 M110 Sporting Life Cabinets Christy Mathewson – PSA VG-EX 4 “1 of 1 ”This is the highest-graded example of this card with only one other recorded in PSA’s census. $22,515.
1911 T205 Gold Border Ty Cobb – SGC 84 NM 7 $21,330.
1869 Peck & Snyder Red Stockings B.B. Club of Cincinnati Carte de Visite
This incredible relic pictures baseball’s first professional team and includes two future Hall of Famers – the Wright brothers, Harry and George. $14,220.
Lou Brock’s 2006 St. Louis Cardinals World Championship Ring
This ring was awarded to Lou Brock following the Cardinals’ 2006 World Series win over the Detroit Tigers. It was given out of respect and in recognition of Brock’s ongoing importance to the St. Louis franchise. The ring sold for $35,550.
1951-55 Roy Campanella H&B Game Used Bat – PSA DNA GU 9
Specifications of the bat point to it being used during the heart of Campanella’s Hall of Fame career. The bat went for $21,330.
Johnny Bench 1975 Cincinnati Reds Game Used Home Jersey
“We have a jam-packed schedule planned and have experienced a considerable up-tick in consignments,” said Legendary Auctions’ Doug Allen. “Our next sale in May promises to be exciting, and we have a number of consignment deals in the works that have the potential to be ground-breaking.”