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1910 E125 American Caramel Die-cut Honus Wagner (Extremely Rare Batting Pose)

Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $6,518

Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Extremely rare E125 American Caramel Die-cut of Honus Wagner. Honus Wagner will always be a magical name in the world of baseball cards because of the legendary rarity of his card in the T206 set. Approximately sixty T206 Wagners are known to exist. Offered is a card of Honus Wagner (batting pose), from the American Caramel Die-cut series issued in 1910, which is more than ten times rarer than the T206 Wagner! We are aware of fewer than five examples of this pose. A second pose of Wagner throwing is also known in the set (and is offered separately in this auction). For unknown reasons, the Wagner batting pose is the rarer of the two variations. E125s have always been held in the highest esteem by advanced collectors both for their extreme rarity as well as for their very striking and unique design. The fragile nature of all die-cut cards, and the easily broken flaps at the base of E125s which allow them to stand, make complete, high-grade examples all the rarer. This E125 Honus Wagner has survived with all flaps intact. The stand-up flaps have never even been folded back. The front of the card displays exceptionally well with no visible wrinkles or creases and only very minimal surface wear at the base. Most notably, the barrel of the bat has broken off near the top of Wagner's head. It is a clean break, not immediately apparent to someone who is unfamiliar with what the complete card should look like, but must be mentioned for accuracy. The reverse of the card, which features a complete checklist of the Pirates in the set and advertising for American Caramels, is bright and clean, with four small areas of paper loss, which appear to correspond to tape removal from mounting at some point in time, and a very slight surface crease on Wagner's neck visible only from the reverse. This is a magnificent example of one of the rarest of all Honus Wagner cards, from one of the rarest and most condition-sensitive of all caramel-card issues. This is a particularly bright and clean, high-grade example for any E125, which, despite its modest technical grade (which is the norm for E125s), has an outstanding appearance.Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $6,518

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