There are donations, and then there are donations. Religious communities are frequently remembered in people’s wills, but the School Sisters of Notre Dame were probably not expecting a particular special something in a recent estate they received from a late nun's brother: a 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card, otherwise known as a T206—one the rarest of all sports collectibles. About 50 of the legendary player's cards are believed to exist.
A mint-condition card sold for $2.6 million in 2007, and although the sisters’ card is not in good condition, it is expected to fetch up to $200,000 at auction.
"It just boggles your mind," said Sister Virginia Muller. "I can't remember a time when we have received anything like this."