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    Circa 1910 Honus Wagner Original Photograph by Charles Conlon--Image Used for 1911 T5 Card, PSA/DNA Type 1. The Carl Horner original that spawned the fabled Wagner T206 will set you back six figures, and the creator of this wonderful image is just as famous in baseball photography lore. Heritage famously sold Charles Conlon's archive of baseball negatives for just short of $1.8 million back in 2016, as solid evidence as any of the enormous esteem in which he's held in the hobby today.

    Most viewers who recognize this perfect batting shot are recalling its appearance in the T5 Pinkerton Cabinets issue, a set so rare that we're frankly impressed if you're one of the people experiencing that sense of déjà vu. Here the photo has been expertly altered to blacken out the background, common practice in the days before Photoshop when preparing imagery for printed publication.

    The sticker on back from the 1996 Christies auction of the "Baseball Magazine" archives tells us which publication made these alterations, and we also find Conlon's handwritten notes here, and even a last-name signature, a particular thrill for collectors of his work. Other than some cracking in the black paint used to darken the background, the photo presents without distraction, measuring 6.5x8.5". Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, Type 1. Full LOA from PSA/DNA, Type 1.


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