It’s been beaten up. Dragged through the mud. Cursed. Reviled. Verbally spanked.
And that’s just speaking metaphorically.
The Honus Wagner baseball card Ray Edwards and John Cobb own is still in the same shape it was in when they say it was uncovered at an estate sale years ago, but the community of mainstream authenticators and collectors are convinced it’s just another in a long line of fakes.
Nothing has deterred the duo from trying to get someone to say it dates from the same early 20th time period as the real Wagners that are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Finally, they found a company to do just that.
ACA Grading, based in St-Jerome, Quebec, met with the men recently and after examining the card, decided it was an “unreleased version” of the hobby’s most famous trading card, issued in 1909 and then recalled after objections by Wagner.
A story in the New York Daily News says ACA agreed to let the two owners be present during the evaluation. Cobb and Edwards claim they didn’t want it to be encapsulated alone and, thus, steered clear of the hobby’s mainstream authenticators.