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Lot # 501 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1912 J=K Candy Honus Wagner - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,925

Graded GOOD+ 35 by SGC. This is the ONLY example graded at this level with none higher! Extremely rare sample card of Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Honus Wagner from the 1912 J=K Candy issue. This is a Type I card with a sepia-toned photo of Wagner in a throwing pose. Issued in 1912 by the J. Koenigsberg company of New York, each card was designed to be hand-cut from the side of a candy box containing one of the company's products. J=K Candy cards can be found in two distinct versions: the sepia Type I offered here and a colorized die-cut Type II variety. This card presents extremely well, far better than suggested by its technically accurate assigned grade. Crisp image with even wear to the corners, flawless edges, and centered slightly to the left. A faint crease, which does not entirely break through to the back, is visible across the center of the card under close inspection and is responsible for the modest grade. The blank reverse is entirely clean. While the checklist from this set is incomplete to date, Honus Wagner is unquestionably one of the key cards. Only eleven examples (of any subject) have ever been authenticated by SGC (PSA has not graded any). SGC has only graded one other example of Wagner (GOOD 30). These cards naturally tend to grade very modestly due to their method of issue and hand-cut nature. Samples from this unusual 1910-era candy issue are extremely rare, and an attractive example of a key Hall of Famer such as Honus Wagner is virtually never encountered. This is an extraordinary rarity that would be a significant addition to any world-class Honus Wagner or sample-card collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500++. SOLD FOR $5,925

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