Chris Hondros/Newsmakers/Getty Images A T206 Honus Wagner card sold Saturday for $2.1 million in an online auction, the highest price paid for a card in a public sale.

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A T206 Honus Wagner card sold Saturday for $2.1 million in an online auction, the highest price paid for a card in a public sale.

Honos Wagner Jumbo Baseball Card Sells for $2.1 Million

The Honus Wagner baseball card known as T206, a limited edition run which card was 1/16″ larger than the standard baseball cards of that era, has just sold at auction for $2.1 million, reports ESPN.

This particular card has a rich history. It was previously auctioned off five years ago for $1.62 million. So the owner made a cool $500,000 from the sale of card – at least before taxes and auction fees. This particular card was minted between the years 1909-1911.

Honus Wagner played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1897 to 1917. Born of German parents, Wagner played the position of shortstop and was known for his speed which earned him the nickname “The Flying Dutchman” – “Dutchman” being an American transliteration of Deutscheman and not an implication of being from Holland.

The New York Post, reports the auction was held by Gold Auction and featured extended bidding. The card originally sold in cigarette packages.

For some unknown reason, Wagner had his cards pulled from sale, and that made those few which made it into circulation a collectors items. Over the years, some have speculated that Wagner had the card pulled because he objected to children buying tobacco products while others believe he wanted better compensation by the American Tobacco Company.

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Rare Honus Wagner baseball card sells for $2.1M
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