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1911 M110 Sporting Life Cabinet Honus Wagner

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $7,638

Graded GOOD 30 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 SGC-assigned technical grade. This is one of six M110s that were among the highlights of a small but remarkable childhood collection of our consignor’s grandfather that included a complete set of six M110s and eight M116s. These cards have been carefully stored by the family since 1911! All are new to the organized collecting world and are presented in a total of eight lots in this auction. 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 twenty 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. Technically graded GOOD condition by SGC (due to a hint of foxing on the border and insignificant surface wear at the bottom of the reverse from removal from a photo-album page designed with strips of very light adhesive), but clearly with a stronger appearance. Dimensions: 5-5/8 x 7-1/2 inches. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $7,638

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