Honus Wagner baseball card
/ AP/FileIf you had $1.2 million to burn, what would you buy -- a nice house, a fleet of slick cars, your own island?
How about an unusually small -- and valuable -- baseball card?
That's exactly what collector Brian Seigel did in 2000, when he paid $1.1 million, plus a 15 percent buyer's fee, to acquire the T206 Honus Wagner (PSA 8 NM-MT, to be exact) card. The item isn't only coveted among baseball card aficionados -- it was also the most expensive item purchased on eBay that year.
The card, issued in 1909 by the American Tobacco Company and measuring 2.5 by 1.5 inches, was previously owned by well-known sports memorabilia collector Michael Gidwitz, former Los Angeles Kings owner Bruce McNall, and ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. Experts say the card's "quality, rarity, and legend" make it the most illustrious baseball card on earth.