New York (CNN Business)-A Honus Wagner baseball card, the most famous and among the rarest sports trading cards in the world, sold at auction Monday morning for a record $6.6 million. That blew away the previous record — a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card, which auctioned earlier this year for $5.2 million.
Rare Honus Wagner baseball card sells for record $6.6 million at auction
Source: CNN Business
An unnamed East Coast collector bought the card from Robert Edward Auctions. According to the auction house’s website, the T206 baseball card was issued between 1909 and 1911 with cigarette packs. The card sold in auction was discovered in 1973 in New York and was “one of the first (if not the first) documented public auction sales of a Wagner.” It later sold for $1.2 million in 2012, with its valuation dramatically increasing since then.