1909 W555 Honus Wagner PSA EX-MT 6

Sold For: $960

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 197

Item Year: 1909

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA. This is one of only two examples graded at this level with just one higher. Extremely attractive example of legendary Hall of Famer Honus Wager from the W555 candy-card series. Due to their rarity and unusual size (1-1/8 x 1-3/16 inches), W555 cards are one of the most overlooked candy issues from the 1910 era. In years past, they were also one of the most mysterious, as until several years ago no one knew exactly what company issued them, or even exactly how they were issued, although it was always clear they were cut from something. W555 cards are now known to have been issued by Philadelphia confectioner Jay S. Meyer as part of the package design of its boxes of candy and were intended to be hand-cut by youngsters. A full box of "Base Ball Snap Shots" proving this was discovered in 2007. Also, as suggested by The Standard Catalog, this set should really now be listed as an "E" card set as opposed to a "W" set, as it is truly a candy-card issue. That they really are candy cards no doubt explains the fact that W555s share the same images as cards from several traditional 1910-era caramel-card sets (E93 and E98 share the same image of Wagner). The offered example is stunning! Cut to perfection, the card displays outstanding centering, strong corners, and a flawless image. A clean blank-back. This is a superb example of one of the key cards from this very significant and scarce early candy issue, which would be a worthy addition to any Honus Wagner, Hall of Fame, or prewar-card collection. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

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