Nuns’ Honus Wag­ner card goes to new buyer

The Pak Banker - - International -

BAL­TI­MORE: It's been a blessed year for the School Sis­ters of Notre Dame, who cat­a­pulted to promi­nence when they put a rare Honus Wag­ner base­ball card up for auc­tion to sup­port their char­i­ta­ble mis­sion. Prob­lem was, the win­ning bid­der never paid up.

On Mon­day, the Bal­ti­more­based or­der of Ro­man Catholic nuns got their $220,000 - the orig­i­nal bid - but have a dif­fer­ent col­lec­tor to thank.

Dr. Ni­cholas DePace, a Philadel­phia car­di­ol­o­gist, wired them the money and owns the card. He's been col­lect­ing sports mem­o­ra­bilia for 30 years, and he's a long­time client of Dal­las-based Her­itage Auc­tions. A staff mem­ber at the auc­tion house reached out to him in early De­cem­ber af­ter the win­ning bid­der missed a 30-day dead­line to pur­chase the card, and DePace agreed im­me­di­ately to buy it. "God bless him," said Sis­ter Vir­ginia Muller, the for­mer trea­surer of the School Sis­ters of Notre Dame, who was en­trusted with the card. The win­ning bid­der was Doug Wal­ton of Knoxville, Tenn., who owns seven sports card stores in the South­east. He told The AP at the time that he was will­ing to over­pay for the card be­cause of the story be­hind it and said he was the high­est bid­der by $45,000. -Ap

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