Sold for: $1.265 million
The American Tobacco Company (ATC) designed and sold a John Peter “Honus” Wagner card as part of its T206 series from 1909 to 1911. As the story goes, ATC did so without the consent of the Pittsburg Pirates’ player who did not want his image used to sell cigarettes. In light of the conflict, ATC cut the run of his card short, selling only 57 to the general public, making it one of the most valuable baseball cards. Michael Gidwitz, an eBay auctioneer, picked up one of the cars for a thrifty $600,000 and managed to flip it for $1,265,000.