What if I told you that there’s a Honus Wagner card 75 times rarer than the 1910 tobacco card that sold for $3.1 million one year ago? In fact, it’s the only one of its kind. And so far the price is only $3,194 (with the buyer’s premium) in a SCP auction closing on November 4. As I file this post, it has three measly bids.
He belonged to Pittsburgh, but folks in Paterson, NJ looked at Honus Wagner like one of their own. Playing for the minor league Paterson Silk Weavers in 1896 and ’97, the Carnegie, PA resident honed his game to a big league level. When his long and storied major league career was winding to a close 20 years later, Wagner and the Pirates returned to Paterson one last time for “Honus Wagner Day”. Now, a one-of-a-kind advertising card of Wagner, dating to that 1917 visit, is on the auction block.
After my beloved father passed in 2005, my brother and I cleaned out his sock drawer where we found a container of old quarters and New York City subway tokens. I can only envy one Georgia family. While sorting through their late father’s sock drawer they discovered the most amazing matchbox on earth.
Another copy of the T206 Ty Cobb with Cobb Tobacco back, one of sports collecting’s rarest baseball cards has been uncovered. Freshly authenticated and graded by PSA, the century-old rarity was found by a Georgia family while cleaning out their late father’s home. Humbly tucked in a match box that was stored in a sock drawer along with a few dozen other T206 and T205 cards, it’s now been authenticated and graded (PSA 1, Poor). Consigned to SCP Auctions, it will be among the major draws to the company’s fall catalog, set to launch October 18.
J. Ross Greene has plenty of reason to celebrate these days. Since stepping forward last month to reveal that he has been the secret owner of a very special Honus Wagner for the past 21 years, his card has soared to $417,724 in a current SCP Auction closing on June 10.
For about two decades, J. Ross Greene kept a deep, delightful secret. Outside of his circle of family and close friends and one or two people in the hobby, no one knew that in 1996 he spent the shocking sum of $46,000 on a baseball card ($103,000 in today’s money). “I didn’t have many friends who thought about baseball cards,” he told me from his home in the Atlanta area. “I’m sure they thought that ‘he’s got a lot of money or hasn’t got any sense.’”