In 1908, baseball great Honus Wagner was planning to retire from the Pittsburg Pirates, but the Pirates owner was so anxious to keep his star that he doubled Wagner's salary -- to $10,000.
Wouldn't Wagner be shocked to hear that a 1909 baseball card bearing his image sold at auction Friday for $1.2 million?
That price might be considered a relative bargain. Last year, Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick paid $2.8 million for a Wagner card considered in the best condition of the approximately 60 known to survive.
And in 2007, a Orange County businessman paid $2.35 million for a Wagner card.
According to an article by David Zax on Smithsonian.com, there are...