Presented is an original autograph of Honus Wagner, one of baseball’s greatest all-around players. A signed and dated card bearing his autograph, this is a special piece of sports memorabilia. The card reads, “J. Honus Wagner/ Pirates 1938” in looping black script. The date indicates this card was signed when Wagner was a coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates, rather than a player. Wagner was coach of the Pirates from 1933 to 1951.
Honus Wagner was one of baseball’s greatest all-around players. The Louisville Colonels and Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop was a sensational hitter, base-runner, and fielder. He broke into the Majors by hitting .344 in 1897 and put together 17 consecutive .300 seasons. He was the National League batting champion for eight seasons and led the league in stolen bases six times.
Wagner was one of the first superstars of American sports, nicknamed “The Flying Dutchman.” His rise paralleled the development of baseball as the national pastime, and his playing skills remained legendary throughout his impressive career of twenty-one seasons in Major league Baseball. From 1897 to 1917, Wagner played three seasons with the Louisville Colonels and eighteen with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He retired with more hits, runs, RBI, doubles, triples, games and steals than any other National League player. Wagner returned to the Pirates to coach from 1933 until 1951. Along with Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson, Wagner was one of the first five players inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.
Good condition overall. Moderate toning to card paper. Faint staining along the card’s left side. Signed in black ink, “J. Honus Wagner/ Pirates 1938”. Signature is legible, without fading or smears.
Card is framed with in an archival, custom built wooden frame with UV Conservation Clear glass, acid-free matting, bronze beaded spandrel, suede top mats, a photograph of Honus Wagner, and a custom plaque. Framed Dimensions: 28 3/4" H x 16" W x 1 1/4" D.