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Lot # 245 (of 1641)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1910-1911 M116 Sporting Life Blue Background Honus Wagner

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,444

Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. Exceptional example of Honus Wagner from the prized "Blue Background" series of M116 Sporting Life. This rare card is popular on many counts, including the fact that the portrait is so similar in appearance to the famous T206 Wagner and dates from the same era. The "Blue Background" series is by far the most desirable series of the 1911 M116 Sporting Life set. These cards have always been especially appreciated by collectors for their scarcity and distinctive style, as well as for the unparalleled concentration of quality players in the series. Honus Wagner, of course, is one of the key cards of the "Blue Background" subset series. This is a gorgeous card. Bright and clean both front and back, with outstanding color, no creases, perfect registration, and an extremely bold blue background. The 35/65 left-to-right centering and just a hint too much light corner wear, primarily in the upper right, keep this beauty from a higher grade, though it certainly has a superior overall Excellent appearance. The blue background of this card defines it at a glance as one of the special 24-card "Blue Background" subset series of the Sporting Life set. This is a magnificent example in a very desirable grade of one of Honus Wagner's most distinctive and popular portrait cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000+. SOLD FOR $4,444

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