RARE BASEBALL CARD BREAKS ALL-TIME SALES RECORD
Last week, a rare baseball card was sold for a massive $6.606 million, becoming the highest-selling sports trading card of all-time. This sports card for sale broke the previous record held by a 2009 autographed National Treasures Stephen Curry rookie card which sold for $5.9 million this past July. So, whose baseball card is the new record holder? Read on to find out the details.
THE HIGHEST-SELLING SPORTS TRADING CARD
This monumental sale was for none other than a T206 Honus Wagner baseball card. Wagner, nicknamed “The Flying Dutchman,” played in the MLB from 1897-1917 and was one of the first five players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.
When it comes to grading, this card received an SGC grade of 3. According to Brian Dwyer, the president of the auction company who organized this sale, that grading is what makes this particular sports card stand out. "There's only about 60 of these that we can confirm through various population reports and available grading data. Of those 60, most are rated poor, authentic or good, at best,” he said to ESPN. “This card is one of the best examples out there, and it's certainly one of the best examples available."
OTHER NOTABLE SPORTS CARD SALES
There have been many record-breaking trading cards for sale this year. Prior to the Stephen Curry basketball card sale in July, the most expensive sports card title was actually held by two cards at $5.2 million each - a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card that sold in January and a 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection LeBron James-autographed rookie jersey card that sold in April. This is just further proof that the sports trading card industry is back and better than ever.