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1911 M110 Sporting Life Cabinet Honus Wagner
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $11,258
Graded VG 40 by SGC. Honus Wagner from the extremely rare 1911 M110 Sporting Life cabinet-card series. This is an exceptional example of one of Honus Wagner's rarest and most majestic cards, with an appearance far superior to its modest SGC-assigned technical grade. 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 twenty 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. 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 Wagner, of course, is one of the key Hall of Famers in the set. SGC has downgraded this card to VG due to some edge ruffling in the upper left, a small diagonal crease in the upper left corner, another in the middle of the left border (mostly visible from the reverse), and a third in the upper right corner (only visible from reverse), all of which are extremely minor and of no consequence with reference to overall appearance. This is one of the finest examples we have seen of this important card, which is among the the most impressive of all Honus Wagner cards. Bright, fresh, and perfectly clean, perfectly centered, both front and back, with a boldly and flawlessly printed reverse, with only the slightest hint of corner and edge wear, and with a flawless image area. Dimensions: 5-5/8 x 7-1/2 inches. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $11,258
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