Rare baseball card brings $1.2 million at St. Louis auction

Rare baseball card brings $1.2 million at St. Louis auction

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NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: A rare baseball card of Honus Wagner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, considered to be the best all around player in baseball history, is displayed at a preview of a sports memorabilia sale, 03 June, 2005, at Sotheby's in New York. The estimate for the 10 June sale of the card is 90,000 to 120,000 USD. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on April 20, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 20 at 11:32 AM

ST. LOUIS -- Someone in New Jersey is the proud new owner of a rare Honus Wagner baseball card.
   
The buyer paid $1.2 million for the 1909 card in an online auction that ended early Friday.
   
Bill Goodwin, a Missouri collectibles dealer who ran the auction, says he's thrilled with the final price.
   
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the buyer went to bed after winning the 14-bid auction shortly after 2 a.m. Friday. Goodwin says the buyer hasn't decided if he wants to be identified.
   
The card was owned by a Houston businessman who didn't want to be identified.
   
Only about 200 of the cards were made and only about 60 are believed to still exist.
   
Wagner, a shortstop, was in the first class ever elected to the baseball Hall of Fame.

 


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