Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XVIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/19/2008
What more can be said about the great Pirate shortstop John Peter Wagner, more commonly known as “Hans” or
“Honus” and what he has meant to the baseball memorabilia industry, particularly with regards to vintage cardboard
artifacts. There isn’t a serious card collector that hasn’t pursued adding a vintage Wagner card to their inventory.
Whether it his status as the greatest shortstop who ever played the game, his induction into Cooperstown as one of
The five original Hall of Fame inductees, or simply the myth behind his world renowned T206 gem, Wagner
continues to be a baseball card icon. While no card can nearly approach the hype and desirability of his T206,
there are several other rarities that advanced collectors actively seek including various ‘E’ card issues.
One of these rarities is the E94 George Close Candy issue, which we proudly offer in a solid SGC 40/3 grade. In
1911, the George Close Company of Cambridge Mass. released this very popular candy set with 30 different
subjects that could include seven different color backs (gold, red, green, purple, olive, blue and yellow). The
Wagner card itself portrays solid eye appeal. A batting stance image ONLY portrayed with the E94 issue, Wagner
is set to make contact with another pitched ball. The eclectic Wagner batting pose is set against a solid hunter
green background that is framed by relatively straight edging with relatively 50/50 centering. The technical ‘3’
grade is primarily due to a diagonal crease that runs across the top of Wagner’s cap and 4 soft corners that exhibit
minor enamel peel and layering. The checklist back provides awesome print registration set against a relatively clean back that includes only minor toning.
Of all the candy/caramel Wagner issues, this one may be his most desirable. The George Close Candy set provides
the collector with an excellent balance of being somewhat scarce, yet attainable in the event the hobbyist chooses
to build the entire set. Regardless, of greater significance is simply seizing the opportunity to own such a classic
card. Superlatives as an image only included in this set, the rare “Hans” included with his name and a seldom seen
card all contribute to the advanced collector not being bashful in seeking this super cardboard classic!
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