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Honus Wagner card sold for $2.35 million

By bluecharlie     Feb 27, 2007 in Sports
The Holy Grail of baseball cards was bought by a Southern California collector.
The famous 1909 Honus Wagner tobacco card was once owned by Wayne Gretzky and Bruce McNall. They bought the card for $451,000 in 1991 and then sold it to Brian Seigel in 2000 who paid for a record breaking $1,265,000.
SCP Auctions Inc., a company that holds sports memorabilia auctions, said it bought a small share of the card. It is scheduled to be shown at a news conference at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.
There are about 60 of the tobacco cards in existence featuring the Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop, one of the first five players to be inducted in Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
It is reported that the Wagner cards are so rare even tattered ones will sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars even if you were to let cars drive over it for a day it would still sell for over $100,000.
The reason these tobacco cards are so rare is because Wagner stopped allowing the American Tobacco Co. to use his image, fearing it would encourage children to smoke.
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