Spring, 2017 Premier Auction - Closes April 1, 2017
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One of a long line of baseball card issues designed as a redemption offer, the Voskamp's Coffee issue of 1913 featured 20 members of the Pittsburgh Pirates which, when completed, could be redeemed at the Pittsburgh-area grocer for one reserved grandstand seat at Forbes Field to see a Pirates game.  Though Hall of Famer Max Carey is included in the set, Honus Wagner is unquestionably the key, its value approximately ten times that of any other card in the set.

The issue in general, and the Wagner in particular, are extraordinarily rare.  In fact, just seven examples of the Wagner card have been graded by PSA and SGC combined, and in a testament to the condition sensitivity of the issue, two examples graded VG 40 by SGC - this and one other - are the highest-graded.  While we readily acknolwedge the idea that more examples exist in ungraded form in advanced collections, we hesitate to suggest that somewhere there may be a finer example from a condition standpoint - just six examples of any card within the set have been graded EX or better by both grading companies combined.  As is the case with many cards featured in this auction, a Voskamp's Wagner is simply one of those cards that hobbyists will rarely see - if ever.  This particular card last sold in 2009, for just north of $14,000.  Only three other public sales of this card in any grade have occurred since, and none more recently than 2013.  

The card's VG grade is appropriate, though some mild creasing at the top left is evident.  Very slight age-related toning is consistent with the grade, the image of Wagner unblemished by the age of the card.

In making a case for the value of an elite card, many auctions utilize the legendary T206 Wagner as a comparison.  Often we read "XX card is TEN TIMES more scarce than the T206 Wagner," or something similar.  In this case, the 1913 Voskamp's Coffee Wagner truly is that much more rare than its T206 counterpart - one of the most rare of all Wagner's issues.  Truly an astonishing card.

Ultra-Rare 1913 Voskamp's Coffee Honus Wagner (HOF) - SGC VG 40Ultra-Rare 1913 Voskamp's Coffee Honus Wagner (HOF) - SGC VG 40
Ultra-Rare 1913 Voskamp's Coffee Honus Wagner (HOF) - SGC VG 40
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Minimum Bid: $3,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $21,600
Number Bids: 15
Auction closed on Sunday, April 2, 2017.
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