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1927 Honus Wagner Signed "Honus Wagner Sporting Goods Co." Stock Certificate
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,160
Honus Wagner Sporting Goods Co. stock certificate, dated August 12, 1927, issued to and signed by Hall of Fame shortstop Honus Wagner. The certificate, numbered "16," is for ten shares of capital stock and was issued to John H. Wagner. It has been signed in black fountain pen (grading "8/9") along the base by "John H. Wagner" as president. Also signed by the treasurer of the company. This is only the second Honus Wagner Sporting Goods Co. stock certificate made out to Honus Wagner that we have ever seen, making it an exceedingly rare Honus Wagner signed display piece. The Honus Wagner Sporting Goods Co. was founded in 1919 by Honus Wagner and teammate Pie Traynor. Unfortunately, the Wagner name was not enough to make the store a financial success and by 1928 the company was in bankruptcy. The store was eventually sold, but the name was retained and the Honus Wagner Sporting Goods Co. remained in business until 2011. The certificate (10.75 x 8.25 inches) is lightly toned and displays two vertical folds (one of which transverses Wagner's signature) and a few small edge tears. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA.
Reserve $1,000. Estimate $3,000+. SOLD FOR $2,160
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