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    Very Rare 1909 E102 "Set of 25" Honus Wagner (Throwing) SGC 80 EX/NM 6 - Pop Two, None Higher. There really is no need to go into length about the greatness of the baseball legend featured on this card. Baseball fans and card collectors alike know who Honus Wagner was and his contributions to the sport. Cards bearing his likeness, and not just the T206 hobby king, are among the most coveted and highly sought after cards the hobby has to offer. While his appearance in tobacco issues is, to say the least, "limited," his appearance on cards packaged with candy products fills a genuine void.

    The authors of the American Card Catalog simply referred to the "E102" issue as a "Set of 25," as there is no known single sponsor. We can't fault their choice as card backs do list 25 subjects. There are four very rare second poses of four players making the issue truthfully a "Set of 29" cards. The Dots Miller "Fielding" pose is one of the most famously rarities but E102 fans know there are two that are far more rare with the reigning "The rarest" title goes to a card collectors have become accustomed to seeing - the "Throwing" pose of Honus Wagner - but as an E102 it goes largely unrealized. Veteran E102 fans are all too aware of the rarity as it is missing from their sets and the fact it is not noted in Jim Egan's, "Handbook to U.S. Early Candy and Gum Baseball Issues."

    Graded SGC 80 EX/NM 6. The SGC census reports there are two graded EX/NM and we sense a resubmission is a possibility here with none higher. As best we can determine, there are only three confirmed with the "Throwing" pose. Our offered card is a clean and colorful card with a lack of unsightly - anything - that impacts visual enjoyment. It's physical qualities are exemplary for an "E" card and we have found no reason to doubt the SGC assessment.


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