The genesis of modern trading cards can be traced back to a baseball legend, Honus Wagner, during the early 20th century. He took a principled stand by refusing permission for his card to be used as an advertising medium in cigarette packs, as he did not want young baseball fans to have to buy tobacco for his card. The American Tobacco Company, unable to include his card, had to publish their baseball cards without it. This decision turned Wagner’s card into one of the rarest and most sought-after in history, significantly contributing to the widespread popularity of trading cards as a collectible item. This pivotal moment marked the birth of a new market – the idea of producing cards explicitly for collecting. The concept of modern trading cards emerged and captured the imagination of collectors worldwide. In 2022, a 1909 Wagner card fetched an astounding $7.25 million at auction, setting a record price and solidifying its status as an iconic piece of trading card history. This legendary tale continues to inspire the passion and value collectors place on these remarkable cards today.
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