Editor’s Notes (November 2020)
Each month, content gets updated on the Pre-War Cards site. However, while you see the regular articles that are posted, plenty of stuff is always being added behind the scenes. Much of this has to do with the updating of set descriptions and checklists in the database and each month, I’ll be posting to alert you to stuff that has been added or updated from the previous month.
Here are the items added/updated from the past month.
Deja vu, anyone?
Another pretty slow month last month but I’m hoping to make that change in November. Just like last month, the biggest piece of news to me is that the Honus Wagner T206 card continues to set records.
I don’t want to sound like a broken record here. Lots of cards, after all, are up across the board and we’re seeing record prices for just about everything these days. The landscape is just much different for collectors these days than it was even five years ago when cards were still valuable but much more affordable.
But the Wagner card is special because, pound for pound, it’s the most valuable card in the hobby. And while the Trout SuperFractor is the most expensive card ever sold, we haven’t seen the most expensive Wagner sold in more than four years. That one could certainly sell for more and even if it did not, as a modest PSA 5 (MC), it’s still pound for pound a more valuable card given that the Trout card was graded nearly perfect.
We saw Wagner break two more records this month. First, a PSA 1 sold for more than $1.4 million, shattering the record for the card in that same grade by more than $250,000. That, I mentioned in the article, is notable because the last record was just set about two months ago. It’s just a reminder that, right now, cards remain very, very hot.
Another reminder? Well, an even bigger Wagner record was broken as a very modest PSA 3 was auctioned and is now the most expensive Wagner that’s ever been sold. The card sold for $3.25 million, breaking the previous record of $3.1 million set back in 2016. As I mentioned above, that means the PSA 5 (MC) would almost certainly sell for more and, in my opinion, even surpass the $3.9 million Trout SuperFractor card. This PSA 3 that just sold, as I wrote at the time, looks much closer to a PSA 1.5 or even a PSA 1.
The shortprinted Wagner T206 card continues to make news and break records.
A few sets were added to the site this month as well — you’ll find those below.
New Sets Added
- 1943-48 Parade Sportive Set
- Paw-Nee Oats Ink Blotters Set
- 1930s Amalgamated Press Champion Sports Wallet Set
- 1800s Raphael Tuck Die-Cut Sports Sets