- The previous record for the most expensive sports card was $5.2 million, a record set this past January by a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card
- A T206 Honus Wagner baseball card completely demolished that existing world record after it sold for $6.606 million at auction over the weekend
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A T206 Honus Wagner baseball card has once again set a world record for the most expensive sports card ever sold. I could lie to you and say I have some grasp of why collectors lose their minds over the T206 Honus Wagner but I’ll never fully understand it.
Just over two years ago, one of these T206 Honus Wagner baseball cards sold for $1.2 million. This past weekend, one of these cards set a world record after selling for $6.606 million at auction.
Only 56 copies of the T206 Honus Wagner baseball card are known to exist in the world making it one of the rarest items in baseball memorabilia and one of the most expensive baseball cards in the world. The American Tobacco Company (ATC) made distributed somewhere between 57 to 200 of these T206 Honus Wagner baseball cards between 1909 to 1911 as part of its T206 series. According to Wiki, the other cards in the T206 series had thousands of prints whereas the Honus Wagner was limited to extremely limited production.
— Boardroom (@boardroom) August 16, 2021
It was just this past January when the world record was broken for the most expensive baseball card ever sold. That was a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card that sold for $5.2 million at auction. Then in April, someone purchased a LeBron James autographed rookie card for the same price.
This auction was brokered by Robert Edward Auctions and according to ESPN’s Chalk, it was on display at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Rosemont, Illinois where just shy of 100,000 people attended…. Let that sink in for a moment, nearly 100,000 people just attended a convention for sports collectibles and memorabilia.
This T206 Honus Wagner baseball card sold for $6.6 million, making it the most expensive sports card ever sold pic.twitter.com/1VgxgdEh2b
— Baseball Bros (@BaseballBros) August 16, 2021
The buyer and the seller have both chosen to remain anonymous. Which to be fair, if I was spending $6.606 million on a baseball card I wouldn’t want anyone to know about it either.
This particular T206 Wagner was the first-ever Wagner sold at a public auction back in 1973. It was sold then for $1,100. Three years later it sold for $2,500. Now it just sold for $6.606 MILLION.