Lot # 14: 1917 E135 Collins-McCarthy Honus Wagner (HOF) - SGC GD 2

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Extraordinary card of Honus Wagner from the tough E135 Collins-McCarthy issue, part of a 200-card set distributed by the San Francisco confectioner, the only non-PCL set they produced.  Printed on thin stock and featuring black and white player photos with a thick gloss surface, the set is loaded with stars and Hall of Famers and has become incredibly popular among collectors in recent years due to player selection and scarcity.  The glossy surfaces are also subject to wear resulting in some condition-sensitivity that makes high-grade examples difficult to obtain.

One of the key cards in any set in which he appears, this card features Wagner as he head into his final season, the 43-year old shortstop still battling despite his batting average having dipped under .300 in each of the prior three seasons.  Wagner would play in 74 games his final season, adding 61 hits to his career total and even managing a few games before calling it quits.

The card is extremely strong for the grade, the bulk of the wear relegated to the corners and edges, along with some very light cracking to the gloss surface applied to E135 cards.  The image quality is strong, the reverse moderately toned with some signs of wear.  One of the absolute key cards to the Collins-McCarthy set featuring pirates hero and Hall of Famer Honus Wagner at the end of a swing, and a career.

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