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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Honus Wagner, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan top cards offered at Goldin's latest auction.

MLB network has a nice video (posted below) about the 'Jumbo' T-206 Honus Wagner card and other top cards up for auction at Goldin's latest auction.

The T-206 Honus Wagner card, the most valuable card in baseball card history, doesn't come up for auction much, and is predicted to sell for over 3 million dollars in this latest auction.   The back story of the card is explained, where Wagner, requested the card company to stop promoting smoking to kids and asked that his card be pulled.    Goldin also talks about how this card sold for just over a thousand dollars in the 1970s, but has exponentially increased in value over the last 40 years.  It is interesting to hear that this card is a 'jumbo' meaning that there was an extra 1/16th of an inch around the border.   Perhaps this was from a strip card? One was found in Wagner's personal effects a number of years ago.

This card is said to be the preferred card for collectors, as the Gretzky/McNall version has been determined to be trimmed by Bill Mastro.  He admitted to trimming the card to increase the value when he was convicted of mail fraud back in 2013 regarding his own auction house and shill bidding.

Other awesome examples of cards that are at auction are  The Cracker Jack Shoeless Joe Jackson card, 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle,  1954 Topps Hank Aaron, and the 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan

Watch the video below for some nostalgia, some investment tips, and just pure imagination and joy that these cards bring to collectors.

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