West Berlin auction house to auction off rare baseball card
January 30, 2013 by Sarah
Goldin Auctions, a West Berlin auction house which mainly deals in sports memorabilia, will be offering a rare baseball card expected to sell in the millions of dollars.
The baseball card is a 1909 card for Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936 and died in 1955. The card has a grade of ‘excellent 5’ and is larger than the average baseball card.
The same card sold for $1.23m and was in slightly worse condition than this one and a card of similar quality sold in 2007 for $2.8m. The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Ohio calls this card the “most famous collectible” and there are only about 60 authenticated Wagner baseball cards in existence. The cards were originally distributed in cigarette packages.
The auction will take place in February and those who register online can receive a catalogue and can also place bids online. No doubt the auction will draw sports lovers from West Berlin, as well as from all over the area, many of whom will be excited to find out how much this rare card will sell for, or to even enter a bid themselves.
It is likely that the auction catalog will have been printed by local printing companies. The catalog for auctions like this usually has a photograph of the item and detailed information to help the bidder make an educated decision. For more information about the auction, call 856-767-8550.