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    A QUINTET OF 1904 ‘HUSKY HANS" SHEET MUSICS. In appreciation of Honus Wagner’s third National league batting title, the "Carnegie Union" dedicated a musical composition to its hometown hero in 1904. Wagner was easily the game’s finest ballplayer of the period, and legions of his fans hurried to procure their copies of the sheet music to "Husky Hans: A Stirring March and Two-Step." The five original examples offered here originate from a "find" of about 70 or 80 in various conditions, and these are certainly among the nicest in the discovery. Three copies grade EX/MT, one VG and the last GD. Each example of the over-sized sheet music (10 1/2 x 14") features a large studio photograph of the "Flying Dutchman" on the cover, posed in his Pittsburgh Pirates uniform with bat-on-shoulder, above his facsimile signature, "Yours truly, Hans Wagner." Adjacent to the photo is an artful depiction of a game in progress, with the printed text, "Resp. Dedicated to Hans Wagner, 3 Times Champion Batsman of the National League." As evidence of its extreme rarity in high-grade condition, a single Excellent to Mint copy of "Husky Hans" sold in our March 2001 auction for over $1,2

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    December, 2003
    9th Tuesday
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