DALLAS, TX - It`s considered the holy grail of baseball cards. The T206 Honus Wagner card is one of the rarest pieces of sports memorabilia on the planet and it`s on display at SMU. “There`s only 57 known copies and we have one of them here for our visitors to look at so it`s been hugely popular so far”, says Amy Polley who serves as the curator at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
But what`s the big fuss about, it`s only a baseball card right? The fuss is that this card has sold for more than $2 million!
But why are there so few? Polley explains, “Honus Wagner was a non-smoker and didn`t want people, especially little kids, to have to buy a pack of cigarettes just to get his baseball card so he did not authorize his likeness to be used on the card so after a very small run, maybe between 60 and 200, they seized production of those cards.”
So it`s simply an issue of supply and demand and a little of that natural feeling of wanting something that most people can`t have. But it’s also because Wagner was an all-time great, “He`s an amazing baseball player, he`s considered one of the best baseball shortstops of all-time, if not the best and he was one of the first five players inducted into the Hall of Fame” says Polley.
So even if you don`t have an extra two million just laying around you still have a chance to check out the card at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at SMU until August 17th. Don't strike out on your chance to see history.