November 7th, 2010
12:53 PM ET

Nuns get $220,000 from sale of rare baseball card

Editor's Note: CNN's Phil Gast brings us this story.

Years after his death, baseball legend Honus Wagner hit a home run for a group of nuns, who will use proceeds from the sale of his extremely rare baseball card to do charitable work.

Texas-based Heritage Auctions conducted the internet auction, which concluded Thursday night with a winning bid from Doug Walton, whose family owns seven stores in the Southeast specializing in sports cards and collectibles.

"I have been in the market for this card for a long time," Walton told CNN. "It is the Mona Lisa of baseball cards."

Walton paid $262,900, Heritage said, with $220,000 of that going to the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The card's price beat initial estimates by $162,900.

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Cory Swantner

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    May 22, 2011 at 11:44 am |
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    November 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  3. Kal

    How could this aticle be printed without the story of how the nuns came to possess this baseball card? Inquiring minds want to know!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  4. CatholicMom

    God blessed the nuns!

    November 7, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
    • honestanon

      @ CatholicMom

      I thought about how the story of a church in need was followed by a story of another church's windfall – kind of transparent by CNN, but none the less – I'm going to drop a quick email to Phyllis Brill, the sisters' communications director and make a suggestion. Although I have no catholic affiliation, I will make the suggestion that they donate something. I'm just thinking that emails from anyone, but especially the catholic community, may be influential. The sisters' contact list is on the net at:


      Do you want to drop them an email with the suggestion that they pass some of that newly-found fortune to the church in Atlanta? Maybe get something going with your local parish?

      Just a thought that can't hurt.

      And hey, CNN – if this does happen you should probably give the catholic church a little good press about it.. hmm?

      November 7, 2010 at 8:39 pm |
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      Gibreel further listed the permitted and forbidden subjects of conversation, and earmarked the parts of the body which could not be scratched no matter how unbearably they might itch."

      November 7, 2010 at 11:48 pm |
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