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Old 03-09-2016, 10:51 PM
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Default 1972 Sport Hobbyist article on T206 Wagner find

The Spring 1972 issue of The Sport Hobbyist (its first as a newsprint tabloid) has a lead article by somebody named William G. Lowell, who claims to have bought a mint-condition T206 Wagner, and several hundred other T206s and T3s in similar condition, from an elderly gentleman who answered his ad in The Card Collector's Bulletin, and who had collected the cards himself as a boy and kept them "packaged in plastic since they were new". I'm naturally skeptical of such stories, but Lowell goes on to say quite a bit about himself and his collection, which should make it possible to track him down (he would now be in his early 70s) and possibly confirm or disprove his story.

Does anybody out there know anything more about this? Has anybody ever tried to track down this alleged mint Wagner? One naturally thinks of the McNall/Mastro/Copeland/Kendrick etc. PSA 8 Wagner, which first appeared in the hobby in 1985 with a hazy backstory. Of course, this 1972 story could be BS, or the card could have existed but been fake, or any number of possibilities; I'm just wondering what, if anything, is known about this alleged card after 1972.

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It appears that the card ended up in the Hall of Fame:

http://www.sportscollectorsdigest.co...st-coast-shows
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Ah, thanks, Bryan! I should have known that George Vrechek had tracked it down, and I should have tried googling Lowell's name along with "T206 Wagner". In any case, hopefully people will find the original 1972 article interesting on its own terms.
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I enjoyed seeing it, so thanks for posting. I almost posted this link instead of the one that I did

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Honus+Wagner+William+Lowell

Also, does anyone know if this Wagner is included in the Wagner gallery:

http://t206resource.com/Wagner-Gallery.html
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Great story and detective work!

Thanks for posting,

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