Auction Item Details

Back Lot Number: 737  

Lot 737
Description: Significant Honus Wagner cigar box c.1903. This Honus Wagner cigar box ranks as the most treasured of any player endorsed cigar boxes, the offered example is one of only three known examples (We sold one of the other two at our February 1998 auction for $9,900.00) and is in better condition then the example sold in our previous auction. Wooden lidded box has “Honus Wagner” nurned into top of lid surrounded by fan and star decor, front and side exterior panels repeat the impressed Wagner name as on the lid top. Interior reveals a paper lid label picturing a young Wagner on the Louisville Colonels c.1897-1899. Printed advertisement for the Honus Wagner “Supreme Cigar” in blue above image and on interior band. Image derives from the 1897-99 Henry Reccius trade card that was discovered in Louisville (Also sold in our February 1998 auction for $15,400.00). Box has some general light wear to exterior incl. losses to tax stampings and paper border, top also has some white wash residue in the wood area to the left of the Wagner name. Interior label is fairly clean with only some typical age toning, small section of paper loss in the interior box paper band under lid label. Important and desirable Wagner endorsed cigar box further documenting the fact that Wagner had no objection to endorsing tobacco products unless they were to be used on pieces that were available to young children. This example was recently discovered in the Louisville area and is being offered for the first time publicly: EX
Sold For: $7,750.00

Estimated Price: $5,000.00-$6,000.00