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Lot # 257 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1910 E90-2 American Caramel Honus Wagner

Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $5,333

Stunning example of this very scarce and popular card which is so similar in appearance to the famous T206 Wagner and dates from the same era. Honus did not want to encourage youngsters to smoke but had no problem with promoting candy. The "Flying Dutchman" is the key card in the 1910 E90-2 American Caramel set. This is an exceptionally attractive example in a very interesting grade. The card has been encapsulated by PSA as "Authentic" (submitted by REA) and is noted on the label as "Altered." When this card was purchased by our consignor in the days prior to professional grading (over twenty years ago), it was described as NM-MT. The card presents in strong EX-MT condition, with virtually perfect centering all around, near-flawless registration (only slightly out of register at Wagner's head), and vibrant colors. Entirely free of creases and wrinkles. Boldly printed and well-centered reverse. We are not positive about the reason PSA has designated this card as Authentic-Altered. We detect no evidence of trimming or added color, but our opinion is that the presence of several spots on the back, which appear to be light glue remnants and suggest the card may have been removed from an album at one point in time, led PSA to this designation out of an abundance of caution. While these spots would have ultimately been responsible for a modest numerical grade, the exceptional visual appeal of the offered card cannot be ignored. Superb in every way, the card has a much stronger appearance than many other examples encountered in the marketplace and offers a unique opportunity to acquire an extraordinary example of one of prewar-card collecting's most desirable and classic cards, possibly at a fraction of the price a similarly attractive, numerically graded example would command. Reserve $400. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $5,333

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