1910 Honus Wagner card to go up for auction again

Memorabilia

April 28, 1996|By Ruth Sadler | Ruth Sadler,SUN STAFF

The baseball card that made headlines five years ago when it was sold at auction for $451,000 is on the block again.

That's the 1910 Honus Wagner T-206 card that hockey star Wayne Gretzky and former Los Angeles Kings owner Bruce McNall bought for the record price at a Sotheby's auction. In 1994, Gretzky bought out McNall's half and subsequently sold the card to Treat Entertainment, a distributor of cards, collectibles and accessories.

Treat made the card the centerpiece of a classic card give-away, and Patricia Gibbs, a postal clerk from Hollywood, Fla., won the card in a February drawing.

"I feel like I won the lottery," Gibbs said when the card was delivered to her.

She's cashing in her winnings by putting the card in Christie's East's first two-day sports memorabilia auction Sept. 20-21. The Wagner card will be auctioned the second day.

Another feature of the auction will be the photographic archives of the Original Baseball Magazine, 17,000 photos taken between 1905 and 1955. Many were taken by Carl Horner, Lewis Van Oeyen, Paul Thompson and Charles Conlan, four of the leading baseball photographers.

For more information, visit Christie's on the Internet at http: //www.christies.com.

Draft pick cards

Press Pass' Premium '96 Football Draft Pick Cards feature 55 basic cards plus five insert sets, including phone cards and randomly inserted autographed cards.

More metal hoop cards

Fleer brings back its metal NBA cards for an encore, a second series of 100 cards. There are 56 updated veteran cards (including Magic Johnson) plus four insert sets.

70-win medallion

The Chicago Bulls' record 70 victories are commemorated on a silver medallion from Highland Mint. Mintage was limited to 2,500, and each medallion is $35. Call (800) 544-6135 for names of dealers.

Gretzky's new uniform

Wayne Gretzky will be wearing his new St. Louis Blues uniform in Upper Deck's SP Hockey, due in late April. There are 188 basic cards plus five insert sets. Among the insert sets are the final three cards of the cross-brand Wayne Gretzky Record Collection.

Ripken stamp

Cal Ripken is featured on a gold foil stamp issued by the Caribbean nation of St. Vincent. It is the first in a series honoring athletes. Michael Jordan and Joe Montana are also on St. Vincent stamps. Call Sports Stamps Collectors Association for information at (800) 348-7727.

More recycling on cards

Press Pass, which used racing tires for an insert set in its Premium '96 Race Cards, got tires from the Daytona 500 for its second series. Burning Rubber II insert cards are made from tires from the cars of winner Dale Jarrett and those of the next three finishers, Dale Earnhardt, Ken Schrader and Mark Martin. There are 45 basic cards and five other insert sets, including phone cards.

Coming events

Through Oct. 31, exhibit featuring items from Cal Ripken's record consecutive-games streak and exhibit celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1966 World Series champion Orioles, Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (7 p.m. on Orioles game days), (410) 727-1539.

Today, card show, Hunt Valley Mall, mall hours, (410) 529-1624.

May 18, card show, Earleigh Heights Fire Hall, Severna Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

May 25, card show, Oregon Ridge Park (I-83, Exit 20B), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., (410) 887-1818.

Card of the week

Topps is featuring all 84 Pro Bowl roster players in its 90-card Pro Bowl set, due this week. There is also a 15-card insert set and a parallel set. (Shown is NFL MVP Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers.)

Pub Date: 4/28/96

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