The T206 Honus Wagner cigarette card, bought in 1991 by Wayne Gretzky and L.A. Kings owner Bruce McNall for $451,000. Over the years it’s been resold several times, and the last buyer paid almost three million bucks for it. However, it was found to have been trimmed to make it appear in better condition, and so about two million gets taken off the value.
This is an interesting piece about the old card, from Grantham’s documentary series 30 For 30 Shorts, Honus Wagner, with reasons why the card became so valuable, how McNall and Gretzky came to own it for awhile, and how people started getting suspicious about why it was in such great condition.
And here’s a story about the ex-memorabilia king who altered it, and his day in court. Bill Mastro