Rare Honus Wagner baseball card brings $1.2 million in auction

Friday, April 20, 2012 | 8:48 a.m. CDT; updated 9:49 a.m. CDT, Friday, April 20, 2012

ST. LOUIS — Someone in New Jersey is the proud new owner of a rare Honus Wagner baseball card.

The buyer paid $1.2 million for the 1909 card in an online auction that ended early Friday.

Bill Goodwin, a Missouri collectibles dealer who ran the auction, said he's thrilled with the final price.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the buyer went to bed after winning the 14-bid auction shortly after 2 a.m. Friday. Goodwin said the buyer hasn't decided if he wants to be identified.

The card was owned by a Houston businessman who didn't want to be identified.

Only about 200 of the cards were made, and only about 60 are believed to still exist.

Wagner, a shortstop, was in the first class ever elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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