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Lot # 149 (of 1743)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1909-1911 E90-1 American Caramel Honus Wagner - Throwing

Starting Bid - $800, Sold For - $3,525

Graded EX 60 by SGC. Only example graded at this level by SGC, with just one card graded higher (an EX+70 example, also offered in this auction by the same consignor). Bright and clean, both front and back, with vibrant colors, four square corners (tiny bend on the tip of the lower left), no creases or caramel stains, and centered slightly to the right (approximately 75/25 L/R). The natural slight diamond cut and the centering to the right is very likely responsible for this card not grading even higher. This card is in extraordinary condition, all the more so for a caramel card, which because they were issued with candy, one card per package, tend to survive in lesser condition than their more common tobacco-card counterparts. This is a tremendous high-grade example of the rarer throwing pose of the legendary Honus Wagner from the premier “E” card issue. (Interesting provenance note: this is one of only two caramel cards that an old-time collector happened to stumble across many years ago. He does not collect vintage cards and just put them aside until now, as in this auction he was consigning some unopened packs, his area of interest. Both caramel cards were E90-1 Wagners, and ironically these two cards turned out to be more valuable than his unopened packs. Each was submitted to SGC by REA and each appears as a separate lot in this auction.) The SMR value for a PSA EX 5 is $3,850. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500+. SOLD FOR $3,525

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