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1911 M110 Sporting Life Cabinet Honus Wagner

Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $7,050

Graded FAIR 20 by SGC. Honus Wagner from the extremely rare 1911 M110 Sporting Life cabinet-card series. This is a very attractive example of one of Honus Wagner's rarest and most majestic cards, with an appearance far superior to its modest technical SGC-assigned grade. We understand SGC downgrading the card from VG (as this card appears at a glance) due to light creases, but in this case, we believe the card has simply been graded too harshly. We grade this card Good. This auction includes the complete M110 set, assembled and presented by the same consignor, with each card offered individually. In 1911 Sporting Life issued a set of six cabinets which are universally recognized as among the rarest and most attractive cards of the era. From the earliest days of the hobby this set has been revered as among the most desirable of all early twentieth-century card issues. Similar in design to T3 Turkey Red cabinet cards, these cards are considerably rarer than T3s (literally hundreds of times rarer). In fact, to put things into perspective, the M110 Honus Wagner is many times rarer than the famous T206 Honus Wagner. We know of fewer than ten surviving examples of the M110 Wagner in collectors' hands. The M110 Sporting Life set features magnificent pastel artworks of players in full-length action poses surrounded by a gray border with player identification along the bottom. A large advertisement for Sporting Life ("The Paper That Made Base Ball Popular") appears on the reverse. The Honus Wagner card features a particularly impressive batting pose. Because a T3 cabinet card of Honus Wagner was never issued (no doubt relating to Wagner's aversion to promoting tobacco to youngsters), the M110 Wagner has an all-the-greater appeal to vintage collectors. There is no other card quite like it. M110s are one of the rarest sets from the early part of the century, and Wagner, of course, is one of the key Hall of Famers in the set. SGC has downgraded this card to FAIR due to several light creases, mostly in the border areas, and a few very small light stains or age spots on the reverse. Dimensions: 5-5/8 x 7-1/2 inches. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+.

SOLD FOR $7,050

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