Honus Wagner was one of the original greats of baseball, lauded for his amazing hitting and fielding skills. A cigarette company decided to issue a series of cards in 1909, including his image inside packs of cigarettes. He objected to being included in the series without his permission, resulting in most of his cards being pulled from the collection.
Due to this recall, the 1909 Honus Wagner became a rare commodity, resulting in a huge eBay sale of nearly $1.27 million – $1.1 million for the card plus a 15 percent buyer’s fee. This was a record amount for a baseball card in 2000.