Saturday, August 2, 2008

Wagner Sells For 1.6 Million

Im sure there isnt a collector on the planet that doesnt know about the Wagner card. Its seriously the most talked about collectable ever created. Well, we can add another chapter to its enigma as one of the few to be known to exist has sold for 1.6 million.

What is more interesting about this article is that the guy who bought it is a long time collector and not necessarily a person who wants to dump this card in a few years. I love the story of him cutting out a copy of the card and saying that one day he would own it. He was 6. That is the kind of person that should have this card.

Another interesting note, he also purchased a Gherig GU jersey for $240,000, which makes me happy that Topps wont get their hands on it to cut it up.

If you guys havent gone to Sotheby's and searched through their auction catalouges, I would do it one day when you have a few hours. The stuff up for auction is amazing, and you WILL get caught up in the legacy of it. My favorite was an autographed Ruth bat that hit the first home run in yankee stadium. It, not surprisingly, sold for over a million.

Here is where I say again that it is so beyond fucking stupid to cut this shit up for cards. Preserve the game's history for fuck's sake.


  1. while your verbage is a little more colourful than what I would use...... I could not agree more my friend.


  2. I'd much rather have the bat cut up into useless pieces and glued onto a piece of cardboard and given away to Beckett for free.

    I mean if they keep it whole it's just going to be stuck in a glass case and stared at and all that. It'd be best if it was stuck in a slab of plastic for eternity, at least then it could garnish a little payola for the world's greatest collectibles magazine.


  3. There is actually a misconception that the reason the Wagner card was pulled from production was that he was a non-smoker and didn't want his face on a cigarette card. The truth is that indeed he was a non smoker, but he wanted his face only on cards that were paying him. The American Tobacco Co. wasn't.