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Nuns sell baseball card for $262,000

November 5, 2010 | 10:27 am

Wag_240 An order of Roman Catholic nuns made $262,000 by auctioning a rare Honus Wagner baseball card that was bequeathed to them by the brother of a deceased nun.

Wagner, who was one of the first five players inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1936, is remembered as one of the greatest shortstops of all time. He played in the National League from 1897 to 1917, primarily for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Baltimore-based School Sisters of Notre Dame will receive $220,000 after the sale's 19.5% buyer's premium is taken out.

Sister Virginia Muller said the money will go to the order's ministries in more than 30 countries around the world.

-- Melissa Rohlin

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Honus Wagner baseball card. Credit: Heritage Auction House