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1908 PC760 Rose Company Postcard Honus Wagner - Newly Discovered Example!
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $18,000
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Stunning example of Hall of Famer Honus Wagner from the PC760 Rose Postcard set, one of the rarest and most beautifully designed baseball-card sets ever produced. Entirely new to the modern collecting world, the offered Wagner postcard was discovered in a barn (that is NOT a misprint! In a barn!) as part of a group of twelve Rose Company Postcards (the complete Pittsburgh Pirates team set is presented in four lots in this auction). Only seven examples of Wagner have ever been graded by PSA and SGC combined, and they are almost always in very low grade (three grade Poor and four grade "Authentic"). It is fascinating to note that the portrait used on this extraordinary card is the very same as that which appears on the most famous card in the hobby, the T206 Honus Wagner, as well as on a number of other Wagner cards, including 1902 W600 Sporting Life Cabinet, 1910 E103 Williams Caramel, and 1910-1911 M116 Sporting Life. This is obviously an iconic and very popular pose! The offered card is bright and clean, with a flawless portrait image, very light corner wear, and no creases or wrinkles. It presents in overall Vg-Ex to Ex condition from the front. The reverse is bright, having never been mailed and bearing no writing on its traditional postcard reverse. There is a two-inch long strip of adhesive (used to mount all twelve postcards to a display) present at the top, along with a few small, unobtrusive spots of paper loss along the left edge, which would ultimately cause the postcard to technically grade very modestly. This is the first Rose postcard of Wagner that we can recall offering. As can easily be seen, this is a truly magnificent card. It is an extraordinary example of one of the key Hall of Famers from this beautiful and rare set, and one that would make an outstanding addition to any PC760 set, Hall of Fame type-card collection, or Honus Wagner player collection. SOLD FOR $18,000
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