1910-1911 M116 Sporting Life Honus Wagner Blue Background

Sold For: $2,700

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 120

Item Year: 1910

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Attractive example of Honus Wagner from the prized "Blue Background" series of M116 Sporting Life. This rare card is popular on many counts, including that the portrait is so similar in appearance to the famous T206 Wagner and dates from the same era. The "Blue Background" series is by far the most desirable series of the 1911 M116 Sporting Life set. These cards have always been especially appreciated by collectors for their scarcity and distinctive style, as well as for the unparalleled concentration of quality players in the series. Honus Wagner, of course, is one of the key cards of the "Blue Background" subset series. Bright and clean both front and back, with an extremely bold blue background, outstanding centering, even corner wear, and a few tiny black specks on the surface. Glue residue and a spot of paper loss on the reverse suggest that the card was at one time stored in a scrapbook. This is an attractive example in a very desirable and relatively affordable mid-grade of one of Honus Wagner's most distinctive and popular portrait cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

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