Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLIV
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 10/5/2012
ne of the leading subjects of the prestigious 1909Philadelphia Caramel Co.25 card set is unquestionably Honus Wagner, and presented here is Wagner’s splendid E95 example in a PSA 4 holder. Justifying the extreme condition sensitivity of the E95 issue is the PA census report indicating that only 13% of the 75+ Wagner’s exceeding a “VG-EX” assessment. Simply stated, Wagner continues to be every baseball expert’s choice as the greatest shortstop to ever live. His hitting, fielding and base running skills were second to none during the National League’s “dead ball” era and only Ty Cobb may bested him as a complete ballplayer. In the baseball card hobby, Wagner’s pre-WWI cards are avidly being sort out by the most advanced collectors, and once again, only Cobb’s vintage treasure are comparable. However, even Cobb doesn’t own the distinction of being represented on the most prestigious baseball card in existence, the famous T206 Wagner that has sold for a record $2.8 Million. It is this legacy that places Wagner’s name on the top of virtually every elite enthusiast’s want lists, resulting in the desirability to add an early Wagner candy/‘E’ card to their collection.
This offering includes a Wagner batting stance image only reserved for the E95 card, unlike many “Hans” poses utilized on various ‘E”’ card issues (e.g., E90-1, E92, E101, E102, etc.). The illustration’s eye appeal is absolutely outstanding, wit Wagner’s period style uniform depicting an assorted array of gray hues, set against a radiant yellow background. The image is well centered between four clean white borders, the mildly touched corners have retained a majority of their original right angle shape, and no major creases are evident. The reverse side checklist is bold an vivid, set against a moderately toned off-white surface. Unless we are missing a microscopic flaw, it certainly appears this card may have been harshly graded with its overall aesthetics consistent with a fine mid-grade example. With that in mind, this is a great opportunity to purchase a highly desirable Honus Wagner ‘E’ card that won’t break the bank for five figures or more, and one that presents itself beyond its technical assessment. Bottom line is mid-grade Wagner artifacts don’t come along every day, and considering the condition sensitivity issues of the E95 issue, we highly advise you to take your best shot at augmenting your collection with this “Flying Dutchman” gem!
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