September 30, 2007

A Card Above All Others

Card-collecting has fallen out of the mainstream, but as a new book recounts, hobbyists' lust for the Honus Wagner card knows no bounds.

Carl Bialik

In the last 15 years, sports-card collecting has been pulled in two opposite directions. The mainstream fan has lost interest in The Hobby, as it's known. But the hard-core collectors have kept bidding up the most-valuable, rarest memorabilia. And nothing is more valuable than The Card, a small piece of cardboard bearing the likeness of Hall of Famer Honus Wagner that was once bought by Wayne Gretzky for $451,000 and more recently sold for $2.8 million.

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