An inside look at why the T206 Honus Wagner card sold for a record $6.6 million

An inside look at why the T206 Honus Wagner card sold for a record $6.6 million

He played hard, fast and well, belting triples and stealing bases at an age when most ballplayers would have settled into the lucrative role of power-hitting DH – if such a thing existed when Johannes Peter “Honus” Wagner terrorized National League pitchers from 1897 to 1917.

Today, Wagner is best known as the unsmiling face of the “T206 Wagner” trading card that since the 1930s has emerged as the white whale, Holy Grail, and El Dorado sought by collectors.

The card long ago left the provenance of baseball fans and card collectors and has entered the wider cultural consciousness because of the enormous sums paid for the little piece of rare old cardboard.

And it’s back in the news after an anonymous buyer spent a

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