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Wagner card sells for $2.1 million

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A rare Honus Wagner baseball card sold for a record $2.1 million at an auction Saturday, according to ESPN.com.

The 1909-11 T206 Wagner card, the most coveted baseball card of all-time, sold online to an undisclosed buyer.

The record price for a card sold publicly broke the previous mark of $1.6 million by the same card in 2008.

Goldin Auctions auctioned the card.

"My overall goal on the T206 Wagner from the start was to set a record for a trading card auction," Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions said. "My auction house set a new record by close to $500,000."

Goldin would not reveal the buyer.

The card is not without controversy. It is believed that only 200 of the cards were originally produced because Wagner was not happy that the American Tobacco Company produced it and did not like the smoking message it sent to kids, even though Wagner smoked and endorsed cigars. It is also thought that Wagner simply was mad because he was not paid for his image.

Another version of the card sold for $2.8 million in 2007, the most ever in a private sale. Former owner and hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky sold the mint-condition card to Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick in 2007 for the record amount. That card is controversial because it may have been trimmed to improve its condition.

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