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Lot # 823 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1910 Hermes Ice Cream Honus Wagner Pinback

Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $8,120.00

"The Honus Wagner of Baseball Pins!" We may have risked using a collecting cliché with our implied reference to the T206 Wagner, but literally and figuratively the Hermes Ice Cream pin of Wagner is deserving of this acclaim. In over 30 years of specializing in rare baseball pins, this is the first time this legendary pin has ever been offered at auction. We are aware of the confirmed existence of only one other example of Wagner, and have heard rumors of a third. All Hermes Ice Cream pins are excruciatingly rare. Their design is similar to that of the Morton's Bread and Buster Brown pin sets featuring Detroit Tiger players, but Hermes Ice Cream pins feature Pittsburgh Pirate players and are far rarer than the Detroit pins. In fact, fewer than a couple of dozen Hermes pins in total are known to exist. Honus Wagner, of course, is the key to the set, and one of the most sought-after rarities in baseball pinback collecting. Unfortunately, the Hermes set, to some extent, has always been a victim of its own rarity. It's hard to collect a set which is almost nonexistent. The last example that we know of to come to auction featured catcher George Gibson. In lesser condition, that sample sold for $1,200. It is difficult to estimate the value of Honus Wagner when there is no history of sales for comparison. The extreme rarity of some baseball cards and many pins is often not reflected in values, though we do see this rapidly changing in recent years. It would be hard to think of a more commercial, higher profile, extreme rarity among baseball celluloids than this Hermes Ice Cream advertising pin of Honus Wagner. Any short list of the era's most desirable baseball pinbacks will include the Wagner Hermes. The Ty Cobb pin in the Mortons and Buster Brown pin sets has sold at auction in top shape for over $5,000, yet there is simply no comparison between the rarity of the key star in those related sets and the Wagner Hermes. This is a spectacular example of one of celluloid collecting's most desirable and virtually impossible-to-obtain rarities. Perfectly centered. Excellent to Mint condition. Diameter: 1.25 inches. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000. SOLD FOR $8,120.00


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