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1910-1911 M116 Sporting Life Honus Wagner Pastel SGC NM/MT 88
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $12,000
Graded NM/MT 88 by SGC (submitted by REA). One of only three examples graded at this level by SGC with none graded higher. Magnificent ultra high-grade example of Hall of Famer Honus Wagner from the very popular M116 Sporting Life series. This is one of the finest examples we have ever offered of one of the era's most noteworthy cards. This classic card is popular on many counts, including the fact that the portrait is so similar in appearance to the famous T206 Wagner and dates from the same era. This is a stunning card in all respects. All four corners are razor-sharp (under extreme magnification the upper right shows the slightest hint more wear than the other three). The card is perfectly clean, both front and back, with flawless registration and with particularly large snow-white borders. The centering on front is just a hint to the left. The boldly printed ad on the back of the card is slightly tilted which gives the reverse the appearance of being off-center. (Fascinating provenance note: when our consignor purchased this card decades ago, it was still in its original envelope along with the rest of the M116 series it was sent with, as originally packaged by Sporting Life. It had never been touched since 1911, and has remained in the original Sporting Life envelope until now! The balance of the collection, including the original Sporting Life envelope in which the cards were packed, appears elsewhere in this auction.) This card is a gem and would be a significant addition to even the most advanced world-class vintage-card collection, and a highlight in any high-grade M116 Sporting Life, Honus Wagner, or Hall of Fame card collection. The equivalent SMR in the assigned grade is $11,500. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $12,000
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