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Honus Wagner Baseball Card Goes for $2.1 Million

A Honus Wagner trading card that the National Baseball Hall of Fame calls the sport’s “most famous collectible” sold yesterday for $2.1 million, a record for any baseball card at public auction.

Bidding on the 1909 T206 card of the shortstop closed yesterday at the price that includes a buyer’s premium, Goldin Auctions said in an e-mailed statement without identifying the purchaser. The price eclipses the $1.62 million the same T206 Wagner sold for in 2008, the previous record for a public sale of a card, according to the New Jersey-based company.