A T206 Wagner consigned by a private collector living in the northeast, sold for $403,664 in SCP Auctions’ Fall Premier which concluded early Sunday. The sale of the “Chesapeake Wagner” received 21 bids. The winning bid included a 20% buyer’s premium.
The Wagner card sold Sunday was originally on display at a shop in Cooperstown, NY, during the 1990s. It sold for $39,000 in June of 1995 and was part of a collection of more than 3,500 T206 cards being held by the consignor before he turned them over to SCP Auctions earlier this year.
The Wagner card, one of 33 now graded by PSA, was authenticated and graded at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland. The buyer’s name wasn’t available Sunday.
“Unveiling a fresh T206 Honus Wagner card is a dream scenario for any hobby professional,” said SCP Auctions Vice President Dan Imler. “Its winning bid only lends credence to its already legendary status.”
In total, the auction of more than 1,150 sports memorabilia items brought in $3.9 million.
Perhaps the biggest game-changer in the auction may have been the sale of a post-War card, however. A PSA 8 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card sold for $268,664, more than twice the previous high price for the same card in the same grade. The sale sets a new bar for what most consider one of the three most iconic cards the hobby.
Four game-used pieces of baseball memorabilia topped six figures with two combining to bring more than $350,000 in the auction, which wraps up the year for the southern California auction house.
A bat swung by the late Jackie Robinson during his 1949 National League MVP season soared to $201,851. Garnering a bid of $151,652 was the sale of a game-worn and autographed Ernie Banks 1969 Chicago Cubs home jersey from his final full season in the major leagues.
“We are extremely pleased with the overall results of the auction, which just goes to show that the market for the finest quality sports memorabilia remains strong,” added Imler.
Other highlights from the auction included:
• Hank Aaron’s Autographed and Game-Worn 1968-69 Braves Road Jersey – $121,132
• 1967 Willie Mays Autographed and Game-Worn San Francisco Giants Uniform – $100,266
• Lyle Alzado’s 1983 L.A. Raiders Super Bowl Championship Ring – $80,750
•1929 Mickey Cochrane (Philadelphia A’s) World Championship Game-Used Bat – $65,048
•Bill “Moose” Skowron’s 1962 New York Yankees World Championship 14K Gold Ring – $45,578
Full auction results are available at SCPAuctions.com.