Prior to the discovery of the "Black Swamp Find" of E98 cards several years ago, cards from the issue were considered somewhat difficult to obtain, the condition-sensitive cards typically found in low grades with weak eye appeal. Visually-pleasing examples that had been "circulated" among collectors in their year of issue were highly desirable. Though the Black Swamp Find has dramatically increased the population of high-grade E98 cards in the hobby, those "circulated" examples remain popular and highly prized among advanced collectors today.
In the case of the Honus Wagner card from the set, Black Swamp examples seem to have been largely restricted to red and green-background examples. Orange and blue-background specimens remain in short supply, condition-sensitive, clearly "circulated" cards. We often express our opinion that "circulated" E98s and BSF E98s should almost be considered separate sets.
Presented here is an attractive and well-centered blue-background example of Honus Wagner's card from the E98 issue. Clean and attractive, the card has attained a grade of GOOD 2 by SGC, due largely to corner and edge wear, most visible at the top left and bottom-right of the card. Some mild staining is apparent on the reverse. An important card, one of the keys to the issue, with a tough-to-find blue background.