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1909 E92 Croft's Swiss Milk Cocoa Honus Wagner - Throwing
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,231
Graded VG 40 by SGC. Rare Honus Wagner card (throwing pose) from the 1909 E92 Croft's Cocoa set, with reverse advertising for "Croft's Swiss Milk Cocoa" of Philadelphia on the reverse. The same designs were also issued with advertising on the reverse for Croft's & Allen Candy. It appears that both varieties of these cards were issued by the Croft & Allen Co. of Philadelphia to be handed out as advertising items to promote their candy and cocoa, which, as noted on the back of this card, is "Served Hot at our fountain 11 South 15th St. Montague & Co. Philadelphia, Pa." The offered example of legendary Hall of Famer Honus Wagner (one of two poses of Wagner in the set) is bright and clean, both front and back, with tiny creases on the right and left edges, and with crisp colors. Centered approximately 65/35 left to right with a slight diagonal tilt to the image. (Note: Slight factory miscuts are particularly common with this scarce issue, so much so that many would consider it a characteristic of the set.) The reverse is perfectly clean with bold black text. This is a very attractive mid-grade sample card of the key Hall of Famer from this rare set. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $3,231
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