Thursday, September 16, 2010

1980 SSPC Baseball Immortals #5, Honus Wagner

Already covered oddballs this week for Babe Ruth (1980 Babe Ruth Classic) and Ty Cobb (1975 Praeger Publications), but here's one more legendary player, the incomparable Honus Wagner! I just wish he looked happier to be here.

Card front

According to Trading Card Central's excellent profile, collector-focused companies TCMA, Reneta Galasso, and SSPC all could've had a hand in this set. Its "1st printing" showcased the 173 members of baseball's HOF, current to its year of issue. Mid-80s updates added further inductees.

Card back

Back layout's a dead-ringer for 1954 Bowman, if you allow for color changes and "text stats" instead of a grid. I cribbed this comparative from

1954 Bowman #101 back

Value: I see these at most card show for a few dollars each. Such a recent set's unlikely to appreciate in value, despite exclusively featuring HOFers.

Fakes / reprints: Haven't seen any reprints in the market, as the real thing's easy to come by.

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