North Little Rock's John Rogers: The Man Behind the $1.62 Million Baseball Card

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 12:00 am  

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Even as a child, John Rogers was wheeling and dealing baseball cards.

And before he was a teenager, Rogers had paid taxes on the baseball cards he sold.

But there was one card that he obsessed about owning: a 1909, T206 Honus Wagner, considered by collectors to be the Holy Grail of baseball cards because only a handful exist in decent shape.

Last summer, Rogers' childhood dream came true. On Aug. 1 he faced-off against another bidder and won an auction to buy the card for $1.62 million.

The next morning, though, the 35-year-old North Little Rock businessman had a severe case of buyer's remorse because he busted his budget of $1.2 million.

"But after a couple of hours I was glad I did," he said.

Rogers had been preparing for that moment his whole life.

"He was just obsessed with collecting cards," said Rogers' mother, Mary John Rogers. "He was relentless in his search for certain cards."

And the card he wanted the most was a 1909 Honus Wagner.

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Instead of blowing his spare change on candy as a 6-year-old, Rogers would purchase packs of baseball cards so he could be like his older cousin.

"I bought my fist pack because he did, too," he said.



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