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'You can have your Cobbs, your Lajoie's, your Chases, your Bakers. ...I'll take Wagner as my pick of the greatest.' - John McGraw1910 E98 "Set of 30" Honus Wagner (Black Swamp Find) PSA Gem MT 10 - The Finest Example Known! There is no question that Honus Wagner's star has been burnished over the passing decades by his residence upon baseball's most coveted tobacco card. If any other card bearing the portrait of the Flying Dutchmen can be as highly coveted, this card is the top contender. A million dollar price tag isn't necessary to draw your attention this pristine beauty. Second only to the great Ty Cobb within this thirty-card issue, the Old Dutchman shows the fielding form that made him the first shortstop to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame. This early relic is something truly special. As the top entry in the "Black Swamp Find," named for the region where this collection of virtually untouched E98 "Set of 30" cards was discovered, it stands as a virtually picture-perfect representation dating to the closing seasons of Wagner's playing career.
The statements "pack fresh" and "condition rarity" to describe a century-old card in any other instance would be immediately doused as brazen hyperbole. Here we make no hesitation with such terminology, referencing colors so vibrant, borders immaculately bright and clean, impeccable surfaces, precision centering and razor corners. As a Gem MT 10, the term "condition rarity" can graduate to "condition impossibility." That is, until now.
It's is tough to believe that this card has already celebrated its centennial. In an attempt to put the outrageous scarcity of this treasure into its proper perspective, we note that prior to the Black Swamp Find, the highest graded E98 Wagner had been a PSA EX 5. As a one-of-one representation dedicated to the man likewise pictured on the hobby's most coveted card, the importance and desirability of the offered specimen is difficult to overstate. For the many hobbyists specializing in early candy cards, Honus Wagner himself, or simply following a theme of excellence, this card rates as not only the finest Honus Wagner card known, but also the finest caramel card in existence. Graded PSA Gem MT 10.
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2017 June 29 Premium Sportscard Catalog Auction - Dallas