Lot # 449: Extremely Rare Honus Wagner Type 2 Charles Conlon/Underwood & Underwood Photo Used for Wagner’s 1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinet Card – Measures Approx. 6-1/2” x 8-1/2” - Full PSA Type 2 LOA

Category: Photos

Starting Bid: $200.00

Bids: 13 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring Break Rarities Auction 2019",
which ran from 3/14/2019 4:00 PM to
4/6/2019 7:00 PM




(LOT 449)
Extremely Rare Honus Wagner Type 2 Charles Conlon/Underwood & Underwood Photo Used for Wagner's 1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinet Card – Measures Approx. 6-1/2" x 8-1/2" - Full PSA Type 2 LOA

Presented here is a remarkable c.1920's Honus Wagner black & white batting image that is the EXACT photo originally used for his exalted 1911 T5 Pinkerton cabinet card. Taken from the original Charles Conlon 1910 glass-plate negative, this Type 2 image was re-issued in the 1920's, and we have never encountered any such Type 1 photo of this hallowed illustration. It is no secret that photos of iconic baseball cards are achieving staggering price tags, with that notion even including "re-strikes" such as this monumental offering.

As an example of this pricing phenomenon, a Type 2 1951 Mantle Bowman image sold for approximately $15K in 2018, with collectors surely realizing that finding the original images of these iconic cards is a near-impossible task. Measuring approximately 6-1/2" x 8-1/2", this possibly unique image is accompanied by a full PSA Type 2 LOA that specifies its T5 Pinkerton pedigree as well as the fact it was re-issued in the 1920's or some 90 years ago! The photo itself reveals a breathtaking Wagner batting pose that is well known by vintage enthusiasts as the legendary illustration affixed to the "Flying Dutchman's" scarce 1911 T5 cabinet. Some light/faint stray wrinkles do not impede the well-centered image that reveals crystal clear clarity, bright white borders and a fine perimeter.

The critical Underwood & Underwood stamp is affixed to the verso, with this hallowed offering re-issued by the renowned News Service from the original Charles Conlon 1910 glass-plate negative. It comes as little surprise that obscure Honus Wagner artifacts carry significant weight in the hobby due to his appearance on the "Holy Grail" T206 card as well as his accepted stature as our National Pastime's greatest all-time shortstop. With that said, what could be more appealing than one of his legendary photos struck from the immortal Conlon glass-plate negative that was irrefutably utilized for one of his world-class tobacco cards! - - Full PSA Type 2 LOA

MIN BID $200

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