Nuns To Auction Off Rare Honus Wagner Card

October 28th, 2010 - 7:09 pm ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
honus_160Oct 28, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Baltimore-based School Sisters of Notre Dame have come across a card that is sure to fetch an unprecedented amount to their charitable organization. The Roman Catholic Nuns are auctioning off a century old Honus Wagner baseball card that they inherited from the brother of a nun who left all his possession to the church before his death. The highly coveted baseball card of the shortstop is expected to fetch a whopping $150,000 to 200,000 in spite of being in a dilapidated condition. The proceeds from the auction will go to the ministries of the organization in 35 countries across the planet.

The card, which is part of the T206 series which produced just 60 cards between 1909 and 1911. The century old card is sure to make the collectors salivate and with the news circulating on the web, the bids are expected to go beyond the expectations of the nuns. The card came into the limelight after the lawyer of the deceased brother of the nun revealed that he had a Honus Wagner card stored in a safe-deposit box. The nuns found the card along with a note that said that though the card was not in great condition, it value was expected to increase exponentially throughout the 21st century. The man had got the card back in 1936. There are reports that suggest that Honus Wagner himself did not want his photo to appear on the card that was made by the American Tobacco Company. He did not want to use his image for the sale of tobacco, according to the legend.

Earlier a Honus Wagner card had fetched an eye popping $2.8 million after it was found in ‘near mint’ condition. The latest card however has a major crease near the top and three of the white borders are cut off.

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