In what has to be one of the strangest stories I have ever read concerning a real 1909 T206 Honus Wagner card, the nuns of the Baltimore based Sisters of Notre Dame, got a heck of a donation. A relative of a former nun left a previously unaccounted for Wagner card. Apparently the relative originally obtained it in 1936.
The brother of the nun that died in 1999 left all of his possessions to the sisterhood. Upon opening the safe deposit box, they found the card, along with a note that said, “Although damaged, the value of this baseball card should increase exponentially throughout the 21st century!” It has a big crease in the upper right-hand corner, and three of the white borders have been cut off. It has also been laminated.
It is currently being auctioned off by Heritage Auction house in Dallas, TX. Right now the price sits at $60,000 and is due to end on Wednesday November 4th. All the money raised will be used for charitable work. It is thought that even in poor condition, this card should sell for around $150,000 – $200,000.
Any way you look at it, it’s a heck of a find even if it was donated by a will. The auction can be seen here <link>.