Rare Honus Wagner baseball card on view at Winterthur

A Honus Wagner baseball card (ca. 1909−11), one of the rarest and most iconic of all sports-related objects, is on view at Winterthur this spring. In this Eye on the Iconic exhibit, a prized Wagner card from the New York Public Library is being displayed along side a “Hans Wagner” cigar box label from the Winterthur Library collection. The Honus Wagner T206 card is considered the “holy grail” of the sports memorabilia world. Only 50 copies survive, in part because Wagner had it removed from circulation by the American Tobacco Company, which produced it. Wagner did not want young children to have to purchase cigarettes to get a card with his image on it. A near-identical Honus Wagner card set a new world-record price for a baseball card, selling for $3.12 million in 2016. Like the card with his image, Wagner himself was an icon, considered

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