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Hans Wagner

1915/16 M101-5 Sporting News

Johannes Peter “Honus” “Hans” Wagner

Born: February 24, 1874 - Chartiers, PA
Died: December 6, 1955 - Carnegie, PA
Batted: RH
Threw: RH
Position: SS
Career BA: .328
Managerial Record: 1–4

Teams:
Louisville Colonels NL (February 24, 1874 - December 6, 1955)
Pittsburgh Pirates NL (1900–1916; player-manager: 1917)

It is very hard not just to consider Honus Wagner as the best shortstop in the Cracker Jack Collection, but rather the greatest shortstop of all time. One of the first heroes of the game, “The Flying Dutchman” was a great batsman, superb defensively, and one of the fastest players in the league. Wagner’s name is sure to appear on any short list of the 10 greatest players of all time. With eight batting titles and a .328 lifetime batting average, Wagner also banged out more than 3,400 hits over his brilliant career.

A powerfully built man with large hands and bowed legs, Wagner was not graceful, but he was speedy on the basepaths, stealing 723 bases during his career. In 1908 he led the league with a .354 batting average and in most other categories as well. His offensive winning percentage that year was .880; a single season league record that stood until 2001. Although he played on only one Pittsburgh World Series Champion team (1909), we could write volumes on his individual accomplishments. Among contemporaries like Mathewson and Cobb, he was considered the best. Although there are stories about his rivalry with Cobb, they actually spent time together hunting during the offseason.

At the end of his career, Wagner managed the Pirates for a brief period before retiring as a player. He became a successful businessman in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, coached locally, and raised his family. After his business ventures were hard hit by the Depression, Wagner returned to the Pirates to coach from 1933 until 1951. Elected to the Hall of Fame in its inaugural year, Wagner was truly one of the greats. Of course the famous Wagner T206 card has also added to the legend of “The Flying Dutchman.” In the whole scheme of things, however, the legacy of the great Honus Wagner stands on its own merit.  

– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players. For more information on their book and/or to order a copy at a special PSA discount, visit http://crackerjackplayers.com/PSA_order.html

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 EX 5
1 EX 5
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM 7
2 EX-MT 6
2 EX-MT 6
3 EX 5
4 VG 3
4 VG 3
5 GOOD 2

Prices By Grade

1916 M101-5 SPORTING NEWS 184 HANS WAGNER BLANK BACK

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10
MINT 9 $22,000.00
NM - MT 8 $10,500.00
NM 7 $7,250.00 1
EX - MT 6 $4,500.00 2 1
EX 5 $2,300.00 1 3
VG - EX 4 $1,150.00 4
VG 3 $924.00 $924.00 $650.00 2 4
GOOD 2 $711.00 $711.00 $350.00 1 6
FR 1.5 7
PR 1 $175.00 7
Auth 7

1916 M101-5 SPORTING NEWS 184 HANS WAGNER

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10
MINT 9 $22,000.00
NM - MT 8 $10,500.00
NM 7 $7,250.00
EX - MT 6 $4,500.00
EX 5 $2,989.00 $2,557.00 $2,300.00 2
VG - EX 4 $1,150.00 2
VG 3 $650.00 2
GOOD 2 $350.00 2
FR 1.5 2
PR 1 $175.00 2
Auth 2

Auction Prices Realized

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12/16/2012 $4,969 6 7 Memory Lane, Inc. The Find Winter 2012 Auction 20676834
11/10/2010 $1,319 5 824 SCP Auctions SCP Auctions November 2010 Internet Auction Auction 06067329
05/04/2008 $2,868 5 44006 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Auction May 4, 2008 Auction 05186075
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