Sports memorabilia expert visits Air Capital

WICHITA, Kansas – Hosting two presentations along with free appraisals, Michael Osacky, a sports memorabilia expert from Chicago visited the Air Capital on Saturday.

Speaking at the Central Library, Osacky, the president of Baseball in the Attic said, “The T206 Honus Wagner card remains the highest valued baseball card. It’ll sell anywhere from $100,000 to $2.7 million. There are about 60 or 70 in existence. The reason being because when Wagner found out his likeness was being associated with tobacco products, he contacted The American Tobacco Company and requested his card not be mass produced. He wanted it to be taken out.”

Nicknamed “The Flying Dutchman”, Wagner played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1897 to 1917, primarily for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He won eight batting titles. Ty Cobb called Wagner, “maybe the greatest star ever to take the diamond.”

Collecting sports memorabilia and vintage cards since he was a teen, Osacky’s been the official appraiser for multiple players from the Chicago Bulls and New York Yankees.

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