Another Valuable Honus Wagner Card Discovered in Blowout Alterations

Another day, another high-dollar Honus Wagner card that appears to have been compromised

It’s a new day and that means we’ve got another allegation of a big money pre-war card that has surfaced on the Blowout forums.

Most pre-war bakery cards are pretty rare. They weren’t generally printed in the same quantities as tobacco or even caramel cards and when a mid-grade one of a Hall of Famer surfaces, it’s a big deal.

Honus Wagner D304The latest allegation in the altered cards scandal surfacing on Blowout is surrounding a rare and expensive Honus Wagner D304 Weber Bakery card. The D304 Weber Bakery cards were printed from 1911-14 and were issued in packages of the General Baking Company’s Butter-Nut and Little General bread brands.

This Wagner was first graded a PSA 2.5 and then appears to have undergone some alterations, improving its grade to a PSA 4.5. According to the Blowout post, the card originally sold in a 2017 PWCC auction for $4,350 and the upgraded version sold only a few months later for $8,988 — more than double the original price.

Of particular note in the listings is that PWCC’s original sale mentioned the card having a crease but the later sale offering a crease-free card.

This is at least the second high-profile Wagner card mentioned in the Blowout forums that is alleged to be altered. An E90-2 American Caramel card was also cited a few days ago.

As I said earlier in one of these posts, these are not common, everyday cards we’re talking about here. Collectors will have a hard time believing that they could be offered by a company unknowingly so close together without said company realizing it. That isn’t to accuse PWCC of being 100% guilty here. Rather, it’s to state that, the more of these cards there are, the more the evidence piles up, the more difficult it will be for many collectors to give them a clean bill of health. A similar case can be made for PSA for not realizing the cards were altered.

Again — this just looks incredibly bad.

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