Honus Wagner

By | February 15, 2006

Just a quick note about something that annoys me: people referring to the famous T206 Honus Wagner baseball card (the world’s most valuable baseball card) as the “Honus Wagner rookie card.” I think the reason this happens is that, generally, a player’s most valuable card is his rookie card, so OBVIOUSLY the most valuable card in the world must be a rookie card. Well, the T206 was issued in 1909, twelve years after Wagner’s rookie year. The reason this card is so valuable is NOT because it was Wagner’s rookie card (it wasn’t), but because there were very few printed. It is all about the supply, not necessarily the demand.

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