1940 Play Ball #168 Honus Wagner, signed by Wagner in blue fountain pen (grading "8") on the front. Encapsulated by Beckett, with the signature certified as "Authentic." This is one of only three autographed examples of this card we have ever seen and the first we have offered. Wagner was a coach with Pittsburgh at the time of this card's issue. Signed baseball cards did not become popular with collectors until long after Wagner died (1955). That fact, combined with the short window of time collectors had to obtain his signature on this card, are the main reasons for its rarity today. The card displays modest handling wear and is in Very Good to Excellent condition. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Please Note: JSA declined to provide an LOA for this piece. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).
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