Hoboken is the birthplace of baseball and the current home to many star athletes as well as famous actors and actresses. However for the last decade or so there has been another resident, he is around 2″ tall x 1 1/2″ wide, he is 102 years old and he is worth over $500,000. Well he is not a person, he is a baseball card, but no ordinary baseball card either. He is the T206 1910 Honus Wagner baseball card, one of approximately 60 known in existence.
Honus, on paper of course enjoys a home, a rented home at that and from time to time he is cradled in the palm of one’s hand and looked at in pure joy. Like his counterparts, this Honus Wagner baseball card has quietly remained out of the limelight. He has never been to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY to be exhibited nor has he ever been to a baseball card trade show, this Honus Wagner doesn’t get out too much.
“He just basically sits in a lucite holder on my shelf and stares at the world” says an anonymous Hoboken resident who obtained the card from his grandfather passed away approximately 23 years ago. “It’s an amazing card, some people that have had it have sold it for millions and for me it will never be sold, it’s part of history” added the Hoboken resident. And the resident is right, a similar card recently sold this past April in slightly better condition to a collector in NJ for $1.2 Million.
“My grandfather had an affiliation to the Major League Baseball and many of its players in the 40′s and 50′s and got the card around 1953″ says the Mile Square resident who really didn’t want to elaborate much more for fear of theft about the card. “Nobody knows I have it except for a handful of people, and I prefer to keep it that way” says the owner.
And with that, the card will never leave Hoboken until the resident moves out. It will continue to sit on a shelf and stare in to a living room. It’s never going to Cooperstown nor will it ever be shown to the rest of the world. It will likely be never sold and likely passed down from family to family for the years to come. But for now, Honus Wagner is a resident of Hoboken, NJ.