School Sisters of Notre Dame get baseball card surpise

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Wednesday 27, October 2010 | Category:   Consecrated Life

THE T206 from 1909
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."

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