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Lot # 263 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1909 E92 Croft's Candy Honus Wagner - Batting

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $6,518

Graded "Authentic" by PSA. Extremely attractive example of this rare and popular card from the E92 Croft's Candy series featuring Hall of Famer Honus Wagner in a batting pose. Honus did not want to encourage youngsters to smoke but had no problem with promoting candy! The "Flying Dutchman" is one of the keys in the 1909 E92 Croft's Candy set and was issued in both batting and throwing poses. E92 Croft's Candy shares designs with several other closely related candy issues (Dockman & Sons, Nadja Caramels, etc.) from the same era. 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 designated on the label as "Trimmed." This card was purchased by our consignor in the days prior to professional grading (over twenty years ago) at which time it was described as NM-MT. The front of the card presents in strong NM condition, with outstanding centering all around (with a slightly larger top border, which is very common for this issue). Flawless registration and brilliant colors. Entirely free of creases and wrinkles. The reverse is boldly printed and well-centered, with a few stray areas of excess print. The trimming is very subtle and appears to be across the bottom border. Caramel cards in general are much rarer than tobacco cards of the era. Because they were issued with caramels one card per package and sold to children (rather than to adults with tobacco), they also tend to be in a much lower grade when they surface, which makes a surviving specimen such as the offered card remarkable regardless of what it says on the holder. Superb in virtually every way, the card has a much stronger appearance than many other examples encountered in the marketplace, numerically graded or otherwise. This is a unique opportunity to acquire an extraordinary example of Honus Wagner from this rare, early twentieth-century candy issue, dating from the height of Wagner's career and issued at the same time as Wagner's famous T206 tobacco card, possibly at a fraction of the price a similarly attractive, numerically graded example would command. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $6,518


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