NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — We’ve all heard about the famous Honus Wagner baseball cards.
And now you can have one — that is, if you have some serious cash.
Goldin Auctions — which is located in West Berlin, N.J. — is auctioning off a prized Wagner card online. The company is referring to the card as “The 1909 T206 White Border Honus Wagner, The ‘Jumbo’ Wagner.”
“It’s a rare chance to get a high-grade, mint-condition T206 Honus Wagner,” Ken Goldin, the president and founder of Goldin Auctions, told Forbes.
Arguably the most famous Wagner card is the “T206 Gretzky Honus Wagner.” Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick purchased that card in 2007 for roughly $2.8 million.
In 1996, collector Michael Gidwitz bought the “T206 Gretzky Honus Wagner” for $640,000, according to Forbes.
“It’s not very often someone gets the chance to buy the very best of anything,” Gidwitz told the website.
Goldin Auctions told Forbes that “The 1909 T206 White Border Honus Wagner, The ‘Jumbo’ Wagner” last sold for $1.62 million five years ago. This time around, that figure should increase significantly.
“Since that time, the average Wagner has appreciated 70 percent in value,” Goldin Auctions told Forbes.
So how much will this card go for? Goldin told the website that he expects the bidding to reach $3 million.
“We think it’s time for a new record,” Goldin told Forbes.
The bidding will close at 9 p.m. on Friday night. As of Thursday evening, Forbes reported that the bidding had reached just over $1.5 million.
Wagner, a Hall of Famer, played for the Pirates from 1900-1917 and managed the club in his final big league season. A shortstop, he won eight batting titles and finished his career with a .328 batting average.
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