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Press Release

Robert Edward Auctions’ Spring Auction 2016
Watchung, NJ

Robert Edward Auctions’ Spring Auction will open for bidding this week, and one of the hobby’s most iconic cards will take its place as Lot #1, the company announced today. A 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner will be offered with a minimum bid of $50,000. The card, encapsulated by industry-leading third-party authenticator Sportscard Guaranty, has a fascinating history within the hobby. It can be traced back more than thirty years to legendary collector/dealer David Festberg, who acquired it in the 1980s at a Willow Grove, Pennsylvania show. Festberg kept the card as part of his collection until 1993, when he heralded the auction of the card in a full page advertisement in Sports Collectors Digest. While the selling price at the time was not disclosed, the card remained in private hands until it resurfaced at public auction in 2008. Robert Edward Auctions is handling the first public auction sale of the card since that time. The card is expected to sell for more than $250,000 when bidding ends on April 30. Robert Edward Auctions has an unparalleled reputation for handling T206 Honus Wagner cards at auction, with the offered card representing the eighth Wagner auction in nine years for the company. In 2015, Robert Edward Auctions established a new world-record price for a T206 Wagner graded VG when it hammered down a $1,320,000 sale. Robert Edward Auctions will be displaying the T206 Wagner card as well as countless other impressive highlights at the Chantilly Show in Chantilly, Virginia, from April 8 -10 (www.csashows.com). In addition to the T206 Wagner, more than 1,800 lots will be featured throughout the auction, including two 1916 Babe Ruth rookie cards; several 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards, including a SGC NM+ 86; and a 1916 Joe Jackson signed voucher with family provenance. Anyone interested in more information is invited to visit www.RobertEdwardAuctions.com.

Brian Dwyer
Robert Edward Auctions