"Unique for the Grade" 1940 Play Ball #168 Honus Wagner (PSA NM/MT+ 8.5) – "1 of 1": The SOLE Highest Graded Example!
The 1940 Play Ball set stands as one of the hobby's most fascinating compilations since it incorporated legendary stars from yesteryear along with baseball's current players. Indeed, some of the set's long retired immortals include Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and the incomparable Honus Wagner who is still regarded as our National Pastime's greatest all-time shortstop. Ironically, it is that superior standing that applies to this absolutely miraculous 1940 Play Ball Wagner PSA 8.5 offering that irrefutably stands as the SOLE and HIGHEST GRADED example of its kind! Indeed, of the 250+ PSA encapsulated copies, not a single other specimen has managed to achieve the pinnacle NM/MT+ 8.5 assessment.
Wagner's elite hobby stature certainly stems from his exalted T206 subject that resides as the industry's unparalleled "Holy Grail", and it is that supreme standing that certainly extends to many other of his highly coveted cardboard keepsakes. His timeless sepia-toned portrait image reveals the aging Wagner as a Pittsburgh Pirates coach, portraying impeccable contrast and clarity as well as revealing virtually "dead-on" 50/50 centering between ultra-clean borders. Both surfaces are literally pristine, the corners portray extremely sharp right-angled formations, and the verso's bold black text reflects vivid registration. Stubbornly defying "Father-Time", at the auction's end this unfathomable offering will have celebrated its 80th birthday, with its "1 of 1/ best of the rest" status residing as the perfect testament for this 1936 Hall of Fame Charter Member who likewise stands as the finest shortstop to ever play the game!
MIN BID $750