If you’ve had a T206 Honus Wagner on your want list, the past year has presented opportunities at a variety of grade levels and budgets. From the record-setting SGC 3 last summer, which sold for over $6.6 million, to the “half a Honus” that sold earlier this year for $475,960, some of the hobby’s finest and most interesting examples have made their way to market. In a few weeks, another example will hit the auction block, where it’s expected to bring a big number when the dust settles.
Robert Edward Auctions will be offering another shot at the hobby’s most iconic card as part of its spring catalog auction. Graded Authentic by PSA, the card originates from the collection of David Hall, founder of Collectors Universe, who sold it at auction in 2019. The buyer from that sale is hoping to cash in on a hot market, turning his $540,000 purchase into what REA believes could exceed $1.5 million.
The card has had its top and side borders trimmed away, but the important bottom border, containing Wagner’s name and team, remains intact.
“This is an incredibly attractive card despite its condition issues. With the majority of Wagners grading at the lower end of the scale, buyers place a premium on eye appeal, and this checks that box,” said REA president Brian Dwyer.
Wagners at all levels have soared to new heights recently. Heritage secured $2,520,000 for an SGC Authentic from the Joe Garagiola collection in February 2021 while a few months later Goldin set a record for a PSA 2 example at $3,751,500. Up for auction right now is a PSA 1 example, formerly belonging to Charlie Sheen, which will rewrite pricing on that grade. The current bid as of this writing is $2,220,000. Most notably, REA’s August 2021 auction of an SGC 3 example set the record for any card ever sold at auction, realizing $6,606,296.
Bidding in the auction opens April 8 and runs through April 24. Free catalogs and more information is available on REA’s website.