The outside world still thinks the Wagner card is the hardest to find. Nope.
Even non-collectors are familiar with the T206 Honus Wagner card. The intriguing, if yet still unresolved issue of why it was pulled from the set makes for a great story. It’s also the most desirable card in the most popular early 20th century set. It’s likely that less than 75 exist and there are far more collectors who want one than there are cards available. The old supply and demand argument definitely plays into it’s extraordinary value, regardless of condition.
Yet advanced collectors know there are many more cards from the first part of the 20th century that prove even more elusive, including some other Wagner cards in different sets. Members of the Network 54 vintage forum offered up their own lists, which include:
"Every single card from these sets: N167, N175, N321, N333, N338, N370, N690, T4, T208, T209-1, T209-2, T211, T212-1, T213-3, T214, T215-1, T215-2, T215 Pirate, T216-1, T216-2, T216-3, T217, Derby E90-3, E92-3, E92-4, E97 B&W, E99, E104, E105, E107, E222, E223, E225, Orange Border, Base-Ball Bats, J=K, Darby, All Star Baseball, W511, W519-1-2, W517-2, W553, D303-2, D310, D380, D380-1, Cresent, Holland, Honey Boy, Hughes, PCL Exhibits, 1949 PCL Bowman, Gilmartin, Western Playground, Big Eater, Worch, Pebble Beach, H801-7, E224 type one and two, Voskamp’s Coffee, Allegheny, E125, E271,M131,E300, W601."
Some photos & more elusive card photos from the Cycleback Museum.