‘Outside the Lines’ attempts to resuscitate last year’s "we found a T206 Wagner" story.
Recent sales of legitimate T206 Honus Wagner cards have gotten enough national publicity to apparently rekindle interest in a something owned by two Cincinnati area men.
The story came to the surface last year when John Cobb and Ray Edwards attempted to sell it–unsuccessfully at a small public auction.
They claim it was found in 1984 and is a long-lost sample of some sort. The antique dealer in whom they trust seems to agree and they’ve found someone who is willing to date the paper to the 1909-1911 era. But beyond those shaky affirmations, it’s been a tough sell.
eBay won’t touch it without a grading company’s stamp of approval. Cobb and Edwards will allow the antique dealer to store it in his safe, but won’t let a grading company touch it unless they’re present. Collectors who actually could afford it aren’t interested because of a variety of inconsistencies evident in the card’s appearance compared to known examples.
Nevertheless, ESPN’s Outside the Lines took a hack at the story on Sunday, talking with all the principals–including PSA boss Joe Orlando who tried to politely explain the general hobby position that the card is not going to make the list of all-time great finds: