1910 E103 Williams Caramel Honus Wagner

Sold For: $7,050

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 236

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Graded VG 3 by PSA. Only one graded higher. E103 Williams Caramel of Honus Wagner, one of the key cards of this very rare and classic 1910-era candy set. This is one of Honus Wagner's most striking cards, featuring a portrait image reminiscent of the pose which appears on his famous T206 card. The E103 set is easily distinguished from other caramel sets of the era by the deep red background highlighting each player's portrait. As noted on each card along the lower margin, The Williams Candy Company was located in Oxford, Pennsylvania; this candy was very likely issued on a somewhat regional basis, which would account for the cards' great rarity. When they are found, they usually have serious condition problems, which is not surprising considering that these cards were issued to children one card per package of candy. This is one of the finest examples known of this important card. The PSA population report numbers speak for themselves: A total of seventeen E103 Wagners have been graded in the history of PSA, and only one example (a single EX 5) has ever graded higher the offered card. The others have graded as follows: three Authentic, one PSA 1 Qualified, seven examples have graded PR-FR 1, one PR-FR+ 1.5, one GOOD 2, and three VG 3 (including this example). Even more important, this is an especially pleasing card for the grade assigned by PSA. Bright, clean, crisp, with a flawless image and a deep red background, centered 65/35 left to right (with a very slight natural diamond cut), even wear to the corners, and the most insignificant tiny creases in the upper right and lower left corner. The blank back is perfectly clean, with just a hint of a surface abrasion (not easily seen and of little or no consequence). This is a rare and very attractive example of one of Wagner's most desirable and striking cards. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000+.

SOLD FOR $7,050

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