$520,000Initial Offering Marketing Cap
$52Initial Offering Share Price
12/2019Initial Offering Date
In 1909, the American Tobacco Company began to include baseball cards with its cigarette packs as a promotional item. The T206 series included 524 players, 76 of whom would go on to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner, widely considered to be the greatest player in baseball at that time, objected to the use of his image shortly after production began. As a result, the company only released around 60 copies of the card. Over one hundred years later, the scarcity and rich history of the T206 Honus Wagner has truly made it the “holy grail” of card collecting.
Over the past century, the story and lore have become just as important as the card itself. No matter the condition, if a T206 Wagner is authentic, it commands huge prices.”— Beckett | October 2016
#HONUS is printed as part of the T206 series produced by the American Tobacco Company (ATC). The series features baseball cards of 524 players, which are included in the company’s cigarette packs.
Following a dispute with Honus Wagner, the American Tobacco Company agrees to cease production of his likeness as part of the T206 series.
The Sporting News reports that Wagner did not give his permission to the ATC to use his image for the baseball card.
The T206 Honus Wagner card is listed at a value of $50 (~ $968 in 2018 dollars) in The American Card Catalog, making it the most expensive baseball card in the world at that time.
Honus Wagner is inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class, which also included Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson.
#HONUS is acquired by a resident of Englewood, NJ.
The owner of #HONUS passes away and bequeathes the card to The School Sisters of Notre Dame, a convent to which his late sister had belonged.
The nuns auction off #HONUS through Heritage Auction Galleries. A Knoxville, TN sports memorabilia store owner bids $262,900, but fails to deliver the money.
A private sports collector purchases #HONUS from Heritage Auction Galleries for $220,000.
A T206 Honus Wagner card is sold through Goldin Auctions for a record $3.12M.
Rally enters into an agreement to acquire #HONUS from Goldin Auctions and offer it on the Rally platform.
Sales of the T206 Wagner have set record prices for collectible baseball cards in the past two decades, culminating in a $3.12M sale of a PSA 5 graded card in 2016. Rally’s #HONUS, which is graded “AUTHENTIC,” was last sold in 2010 for $220,000. The most recent sale of a similarly graded T206 Honus was for $540,000 in September 2019.Invest Now
|Price Per Share||$52.00|
|Number of Shares||10000|
|Storage Location||Rally Rd.|
|Professional League||Major League Baseball (MLB)|
|Year / Season||1909-11|
|Memorabilia Type||T206 Series Trading Card|
|Variation||Sweet Caporal 150 Series Back|
|Manufacturer||American Tobacco Company (Sweet Caporal Brand)|
|Rarity||1 of ~60 known to exist|
|Provenance||School Sisters of Notre Dame|