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Posted at 2:13 PM ET, 11/ 4/2010

Nuns auction rare baseball card

By Washington Post editors

Bidding ends Thursday night for a rare baseball card with some heavenly backing.

The School Sisters of Notre Dame, based in Baltimore, are auctioning off a rare T206 Honus Wagner baseball card, The Baltimore Sun reports. As of Wednesday night, the highest bid was $220,000.

The money will be used to help support the order's 3,500 nuns in Africa and Latin America, as well as educational ministries in the United States.

The card is one of the rarest in sports memorabilia; collectors say that between 50 and 70 are known to exist.

In 2007, a mint condition T206 Wagner card went for $2.8 million. That was believed to be the highest price ever paid for a baseball card.

The card owned by the School Sisters is in poor condition. 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.

The card was owned by the brother of a nun. She died in 1999. When the brother died earlier this year, he left all his possessions to the order. The card was found in a safe-deposit box, along with a typewritten note that read: "Although damaged, the value of this baseball card should increase exponentially throughout the 21st century!"

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2010; 2:13 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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