Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/18/2009
The E102 “Anonymous Candy cards, including 25 subjects, qualify as one of the most condition sensitive card issues in existence. Issued in 1908, most believe that they qualify as one of the earliest candy/”E” card sets ever manufactured, second only to the iconic 1903/1904 Breisch Williams (E107). Along with Ty Cobb, the set’s most prominent subjects is, unquestionably, the immortal Pirates shortstop, Honus Wagner, and it is Wagner’s revered E102 gem that is presented here in a superb, eye pleasing SGC 20/1.5 holder. Any card of the incomparable 1936 charter member of baseball’s illustrious Hall of Fame demands attention, let alone one of his earliest candy artifacts. Due to the hype and value associated with the iconic T206 Wagner as well as his undeniable status as baseball’s greatest shortstop ever, the mere mention of his hallowed name commands unparalleled attention throughout the hobby. Along with Ruth, Cobb and Jackson, no other player’s early turn of the century cardboard relics inspire collectors more than the Pirate’s legend.
The technical grade of this offering, fortunately for advanced enthusiasts, falls short of its strong aesthetic appeal. Wagner’s central batting image portrays pristine contrast and registration, the later quality atypical with E102 Wagner’s, with most depicting an almost secondary “ghost” image along Wagner’s outer perimeter. The vibrant red background provides a solid setting to Wagner’s ultra-popular pose that graces many of his other “E” card issues (e.g., E90-1, E92, E101, E102, E106, etc.). Round, evenly worn corners exhibit some mild layering, particularly at the upper right and lower left corners, and two horizontal creases run through the center of the card. The reverse side25 player checklist is completely intact, with one of the aforementioned creases evident through “Crawford’s” name. While we agree with the technical assessment due to the rounded corners and creasing, luckily, this offering’s overall eye appeal supersedes the grade; providing collectors with a super opportunity to seize an aesthetically strong low grade Wagner rarity at an affordable price. Also, let’s not lose sight of the fact that due to his unparalleled card hobby stature, ANY early 20th century Wagner keepsake provides an incredible investment opportunity!
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