The Honus Wagner T206 card in this auction is owned by Cincinnati, Ohio entrepreneurs Ray Edwards and his cousin, John Cobb. Cobb purchased the card in 1983 or 1984 from a collector for $1,800. Its earlier provenance is unknown. It has a Piedmont (Factory 25) back, which few are known to exist.
The Honus Wagner T206 Piedmont back has been referred to as the “Holy Grail” of card collectors and is often mentioned as, “The Card.” Wayne Gretzky, NHL superstar, was included in a purchase of a Wagner Piedmont back, which he purchased in 2000 for $1.26 million.
In 2011 the Cobb/Edwards card went under more scientific forensic testing to prove its authenticity by Johanne Bergeron-Forensic Document Examiner out of (Quebec) Montreal, Canada. The Cobb/Edwards card was placed in a VSC40FS (Video Spectral Comparator). The Cobb/Edwards card passed all tests by the VSC40FS machine. For more information on what the VSC40FS machine does go to: www.bairesac.com/descargas/VSC40FS(US).pdf
Also in June of 2011 the Cobb/Edwards card was given a grade of Authentic by Martin Brouillard-Senior Grader (ACA Certification Quebec Canada). He also did his own test on the Cobb/Edwards card. With all the findings by the experts and Mr. Brouillard, the card was finally slabbed (encased) as an AUTHENTIC unreleased version card as of June 24, 2011 by ACA Grading.
The Cobb/Edwards T206 Honus Wagner card was tested for over 20 hours, including forensic tests and other examinations to prove its authenticity to the world.
There isn’t any other card on this planet that has gone through this much testing that has passed every scientific examinations / tests. PSA, SGC, Beckett, or any other grading company will provide you this kind of testing to prove a T206 Honus Wagner’s authenticity. With all the corruption and misdeeds going around in the industry, this kind of testing should be standard. The Cobb/Edwards card has introduced a new testing standard for the industry on early 1900 cards. Please look over all the information on this website. You will see that this card is one of a kind. Thank you for visiting our website.