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1911 M110 Sporting Life Cabinet Honus Wagner
Starting Bid - $5,000.00 , Sold For - $35,250.00
Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. Presented is one of vintage-card collecting's most majestic and elusive cabinet card rarities: Honus Wagner from the extremely rare 1911 M110 Sporting Life cabinet card series. This is an extraordinary example of the key Hall of Famer in the set. This auction includes the complete M110 set, assembled and presented by the same consignor, with each card offered individually. In 1911 Sporting Life issued a set of six cabinets which are universally recognized as among the rarest and most attractive cards of the era. From the earliest days of the hobby this set has been revered as among the most desirable of all early twentieth-century card issues. Similar in design to T3 Turkey Red cabinet cards, these cards are considerably rarer than T3s (literally hundreds of times rarer). In fact, to put things into perspective, the M110 Honus Wagner is many times rarer than the famous T206 Honus Wagner. We know of fewer than ten surviving examples of the M110 Wagner in collectors' hands. The M110 Sporting Life set features magnificent pastel artworks of players in full-length action poses surrounded by a gray border with player identification along the bottom. A large advertisement for Sporting Life ("The Paper That Made Base Ball Popular") appears on the reverse. The Honus Wagner card features a particularly impressive batting pose. All cards from this set have always been highly prized by serious collectors. Because a T3 cabinet card of Honus Wagner was never issued (no doubt relating to Wagner's aversion to promoting tobacco to youngsters), the M110 Wagner has an all-the-greater appeal to vintage collectors. There is no other card quite like it. M110s are one of the rarest sets from the early part of the century, and are one of the most substantial and well made card sets ever produced. This is the finest example we have ever seen of this important card, which is perhaps the most impressive of all Honus Wagner cards. Bright, fresh, and perfectly clean, with only the slightest hint of corner wear. SGC has downgraded this card to VG/EX due to a very small light stain or age spot on the reverse, along the bottom border to the left, which in our opinion is extremely minor and of no consequence. We grade this card Excellent to Mint condition. Dimensions: 5-5/8 x 7-1/2 inches. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $35,250.00
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