The T206 Honus Wagner card is considered one of the true treasures of the baseball card market. However, serious collectors of vintage baseball cards know there was another Wagner issued about the same time, that is also cherished by die-hard collectors.
Memory Lane Inc.'s current sale, which closes Saturday, is offering a 1910 Standard Caramel E93 Honus Wagner card graded Mint 9 by PSA. It is the only E93 Wagner ever awarded the 'Mint' grade, and one of a precious few cards from the era that survive in top-quality condition. Bidding began at $50,000 and is already past the $120,000 mark.
The Wagner, along with the rest of the E93 set, was issued by the Standard Caramel Co. of Lancaster, Pa. Its distribution with candy meant that many of the cards wound up in the hands of children, leading to the cards' unfortunate demise or, in the case of those lucky few that have survived the last century, a loss of quality.
The E93 Wagner card offered by Memory Lane shows no such wear. It is a virtually untouched card with snow-white borders, bright colors and sharp corners.
The card emerged from a recent find of caramel cards that included several other issues in similar grade that were graded recently at the National Sports Convention in Chicago.