‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Henry Reccius Cigars Honus Wagner
|Size||Approx. 3″ x 4″
|Images||Black and White|
|Type||19th Century Tobacco
|Number in Set
Henry Reccius Cigars Honus Wagner Overview
While the T206 Honus Wagner is baseball’s biggest prize in terms of dollar value, his Henry Reccius Cigars card is much rarer.
Most collectors have never even heard of this specific issue, which was a trade card for Henry Reccius Cigars, a Louisville-based company.
The rare card features a portrait of a young Wagner. At the time of its printing, Wagner was either a rookie or a young player with the Louisville Colonels. The exact date of the card is unknown but it was believed by many to be printed in 1897, 1898, or 1899, since those were the years Wagner was a member of the team before joining Pittsburgh for the 1900 season. However, even that is in question since the image on the card was found on later products.
As is the case with many other early Wagner cards, his name is spelled as Hans. The card is considered to be a Wagner rookie card by many collectors.
The card is also interesting because of its indirect tie to the T206 set. One popular story surrounding the T206 Wagner card is that it was pulled from printing production because Wagner objected to his likeness being used on tobacco products. But here, as with other sets, Wagner is displayed on this card for a tobacco company. It makes the story of why Wagner was not supposed to be included in the T206 set a little murkier.
The card is reddish in appearance with a black and white picture of Wagner. The bottom has the Henry Reccius name and states the company is the manufacturer of a Hans Wagner 10-cent cigar.
Only three of the cards are known to exist with one recently being found in Washington.
Henry Reccius Cigars Honus Wagner Checklist
Wagner is the only known card from the set.