1910 E125 American Caramel Die-Cut Honus Wagner (Throwing) Repaired

Sold For: $2,644

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 167

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Extremely rare E125 American Caramel Die-Cut of Honus Wagner. When we received this card from our consignor, it was in two pieces: the glove hand was broken off at the wrist, but the glove hand piece had survived with the rest of the card. The broken piece (evaluated for condition all alone) was in Excellent condition (as was the rest of the card) and the break was perfectly clean. Rather than leave the card in two pieces, this was a rare case where we thought it made sense to have the glove hand reattached, and we submitted the card to master paper restorer Gary Albright to accomplish this. Mr. Albright's work speaks for itself. The restoration is done so well that if you were not aware of it you might not even notice; it is otherwise in Excellent condition. The reattaching of the glove hand is the only work that has been done to the card. (Note: a full report accompanies.) The reverse of the card, which features a complete checklist of the Pirates in the set and advertising for American Caramels, is bright and perfectly clean. This card could be encapsulated by any grading service but because of the restoration, it would not receive a numerical grade. It is a still a beautiful card and one that would be a worthy addition to any E125, Honus Wagner, or rare vintage-card collection!

Honus Wagner will always be a magical name in the world of baseball cards because of the legendary rarity of his card in the T206 set. Approximately sixty T206 Wagners are known to exist. The E125 American Caramel Die-Cut card of Honus Wagner (throwing pose), from the American Caramel Die-Cut series issued in 1910, is five to ten times rarer than the T206 Wagner. (A second pose of Wagner batting is also known to exist in the set and is even rarer!) E125s have always been held in the highest esteem by advanced collectors both for their extreme rarity, as well as for their very striking and unique design. The fragile nature of all die-cut cards and the easily broken flaps at the base of E125s which allow them to stand, make complete, high-grade examples all the rarer. As noted, this card has been professionally restored. The glove hand has been reattached, but the reattached piece is completely original. The card has an Excellent appearance and represents a unique opportunity to acquire a very attractive example of one of the rarest of all Honus Wagner cards at a far more reasonable level than a truly higher grade example, from one of the rarest and most condition-sensitive of all caramel-card issues. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,644

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