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Baltimore Nuns Sell Rare Honus Wagner Baseball Card

November 6 2010 by Kerry Kobashi

Honus Wagner baseball card
They say it's one of the most rarest baseball cards around. This week a group of nuns from Baltimore sold through auction their 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card. The price? $262,900.

Doug Walton of Knoxville, Tennesee who owns seven sporting card stores was the auction winner.

Known as "T-206", it is the most rarest baseball cards ever in circulation. The Honus Wagner card is part of a 523 card set that was issued by the American Tobacco Company between 1909 to 1911 in cigarette packs. Although the Baltimore nuns had a card that was in poor condition, they still managed to get top dollar. A mint perfect condition Honus Wagner card sold for $2.8 million in 2008.

Honus Wagner baseball card
Honus Wagner was a Hall of Fame shortstop who played over 20 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Known affectionately as "The Flying Dutchman" he won eight National League batting titles, 5 stolen base titles, and led slugging for six seasons. His eight batting titles stood for nearly 80 years, until San Diego hitter Tony Gwynn.tied him in 1997.

The Baltimore nuns inherited the rare card when a brother of a deceased nun passed away this year. They plan on using the proceeds to spread among their world wide ministries.

About Kerry Kobashi

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Kerry is the founder of KerryOnWorld. He lives in Silicon Valley.