New York - A rare T206 Honus Wagner baseball card sold for $2.1 million to an unknown buyer at auction Saturday morning, reports Dan Good of the New York Post. It is the highest price ever paid for a card in a public sale, surpassing the $1.62 million paid for the same card back in 2008, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell.
"My overall goal on the T206 Wagner from the start was to set a record for a trading card auction," Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions, which auctioned the card, told Rovell. "My auction house set a new record by close to $500,000."
The 1909-11 card was originally included in cigarette packs, a precursor to the cards found in bubble gum packs today. Wagner's cards were eventually pulled from the packs for an unknown reason, though speculation is he either didn't want to encourage children to smoke or wasn't paid enough. Only 60 T206 cards were ever distributed to the public.
Wagner was one of baseball's five original Hall of Fame inductees back in 1936. He played 21 years in the big leagues, including 18 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. By WAR (130.5), Wagner is the greatest infielder in baseball history and the 10th-greatest player overall.
Other items sold at the auction include Alex Rodriguez's cousin Yuri Sucart's replica 2009 World Series ring ($50,398) and a signed Derek Jeter game-used bat from the 2001 World Series ($37,486). We first heard Sucart was planning to sell his ring back in February.