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Perhaps the most famous sports collection ever, one of Honus Wagner's baseball cards from 1909 is auctioned for $ 1.2 million - or 120 times what he earned playing shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates that season. SCP auctions in Southern California say that the T206 card from 1909-11 in Good 2 condition was assessed on a scale of 1 to 10 by Professional Sports Authenticator. The auction house says this example of the Wagner card that was sold twice at an auction, and collected $ 657,250 in 2014 and $ 776,750 in 2016
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Perhaps the most famous sports collection ever, one of Honus Wagner's baseball cards from 1909 is auctioned for $ 1.2 million – or 120 times what he earned playing shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates that season.

SCP auctions in Southern California say that the T206 card from 1909-11 in Good 2 condition was assessed on a scale of 1 to 10 by Professional Sports Authenticator. The auction house says this example of the Wagner card that was sold twice at an auction, and collected $ 657,250 in 2014 and $ 776,750 in 2016.

SCP Auctions President David Kohler says it & # 39; really a remarkable amount of & # 39; is for a card with the rating Good 2. He says it's & only a matter of time & # 39; before a scored card in even lower condition yields $ 1 million.

Wagner, a short stop for the Pittsburgh Pirates at the start of the 20th century, was said to be angry about his resemblance used on a tobacco product. He refused the request of American Tobacco Co. permission to use his image, as a result of which the company stopped producing his card almost immediately.

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Perhaps the most famous sports collection ever, one of Honus Wagner's baseball cards from 1909 is auctioned for $ 1.2 million - or 120 times what he earned playing shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates that season. SCP auctions in Southern California say that the T206 card from 1909-11 in Good 2 condition was assessed on a scale of 1 to 10 by Professional Sports Authenticator. The auction house says this example of the Wagner card that was sold twice at an auction, and collected $ 657,250 in 2014 and $ 776,750 in 2016

Perhaps the most famous sports collection ever, one of Honus Wagner's baseball cards from 1909 is auctioned for $ 1.2 million – or 120 times what he earned playing shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates that season. SCP auctions in Southern California say that the T206 card from 1909-11 in Good 2 condition was assessed on a scale of 1 to 10 by Professional Sports Authenticator. The auction house says this example of the Wagner card that was sold twice at an auction, and collected $ 657,250 in 2014 and $ 776,750 in 2016

Honus Wagner, a short stop for the Pittsburgh Pirates at the start of the 20th century, was said to be angry about his resemblance used on a tobacco product. He refused the request of American Tobacco Co. to allow him to use his image, so the company almost stopped producing his card as soon as it started

Honus Wagner, a short stop for the Pittsburgh Pirates at the start of the 20th century, was said to be angry about his resemblance used on a tobacco product. He refused the request of American Tobacco Co. to allow him to use his image, so the company almost stopped producing his card as soon as it started

Honus Wagner, a short stop for the Pittsburgh Pirates at the start of the 20th century, was said to be angry about his resemblance used on a tobacco product. He refused the request of American Tobacco Co. to allow him to use his image, so the company almost stopped producing his card as soon as it started

The reverse side of a 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card

The reverse side of a 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card

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The reverse side of a 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card

Only a few dozen examples of the famous Wagner card are known and only six have ever been rated higher by PSA than the one who sold this week. (According to Cardboardconnection.com, 57 1909 Wagner cards are still there)

Currently, the most expensive sports collectible sold at the auction was Babe Ruth & # 39; s 1920 New York Yankees shirt, which amounted to $ 4.4 million in 2012.

On June 15, one of Ruth's jerseys from the 1928-1930 period will be auctioned at Yankee Stadium, along with other collectibles from Ruth and Yankees.

That record could be overshadowed in December when the gold Rolex Jack Nicklaus has been famously worn since 1967 goes on for auction.

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Nicklaus decided to auction it for charity after a similar model that previously belonged to the deceased actor Paul Newman would reach a record amount of $ 17.8 million in 2017.

& # 39; It was my first watch and the only one I wore & said, "Nicklaus," as quoted by The Wall Street Journal. & # 39; It was only part of me. & # 39;

Together with Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson, Honus Wagner was a member of the inaugural induction class of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936

Together with Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson, Honus Wagner was a member of the inaugural induction class of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936

Together with Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson, Honus Wagner was a member of the inaugural induction class of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936

Nicklaus, now 79, was seen wearing the watch after 12 of his record 18 of major title wins and for more than half a century, according to the Journal.

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The golden Oyster Perpetual Day Date Rolex was a gift Nicklaus received while attending a Rolex cocktail party in Tokyo with South African golfer Gary Player in 1966.

Known as the & # 39; golden bear & # 39 ;, Nicklaus received a selection of watches to choose from, but he was instinctively attracted to a certain model.

& # 39; I said: & # 39; Well, what do I select? & # 39; & # 39; Nicklaus said. & # 39; I had never had a watch in my life. Gary said, "Take it, it's the best." I said & # 39; OK & # 39 ;, so I chose one with a golden face – the Golden Bear type, I assume. & # 39;

Nicklaus kept the watch in his golf bag during his lap and immediately put it back on his wrist when he was done.

The watch will be on display during this week's Memorial Tournament before going on a world tour through cities such as Geneva, London, Hong Kong and Los Angeles, before landing in New York, where the Phillips auction house will offer it in December.

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The full sale price is given to the Nicklaus Children & # 39; s Health Care Foundation, which has worked with children's hospitals throughout the country for the past 15 years.

& # 39; I have decided that if I take this watch and give it to one of my children, it will end up in a drawer somewhere & # 39 ;, Nicklaus said. & # 39; I said: & # 39; Why don't we take this watch with us and do something good about it? & # 39; & # 39;

According to the Journal, Newman & # 39; s model is a Daytona and rarer than Nicklaus & # 39; s Day Date model, which may not lose the record of $ 17.8 million for a wrist watch.

A new version of the Day Date model now has a suggested retail price of $ 31,550.

Given the historical significance of the Nicklaus watch, however, Paul Boutros, Phillips head of the watches, still thinks for more than $ 1 million.

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& # 39; It is probably one of the most visible watches ever & # 39 ;, said Boutros. & # 39; The appeal is global and the fact that the funds are fully donated to charities will, in our opinion, resonate very well. & # 39;

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