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1910 E96 Philadelphia Caramel Complete Set (30)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $9,400.00
Complete thirty-card set of E96 Philadelphia Caramel, entirely graded and encapsulated by SGC. While many caramel companies were satisfied with producing only a single set, Philadelphia Caramel followed up its twenty-five card 1909 entry with another thirty cards in 1910. The fact that the E96 card set was issued at all suggests that the E95 set had been a marketing success. The Philadelphia Caramel Company obviously made a conscious decision not to duplicate any players in its two card issues. Unfortunately, for collectors, they had already used most of the game's biggest names in the first set, but were able to muster up an additional eight Hall of Famers for this set, including Connie Mack in one of his few card appearances. The cards are very similar in design to their E95 counterparts and can most easily be distinguished by the attractive red-printed checklist of the complete set on the reverse of each card. It is so rare to receive a complete set of caramel cards for auction that we decided to have the entire set graded. SGC grades these cards very harshly. As can most easily be seen on the Internet (where all thirty cards in the set are pictured), many have a far superior appearance than suggested by the SGC-assigned grades. The SGC grades are as follows: One EX 60: Murray. Four VG/EX 50: Clarke (HOF), Dooin, Karger, and Mullin. Four VG 40: Arrelanes, Lajoie (HOF), Mack (HOF), and McQuillan. Five GOOD 30: Adams, Brown (HOF), Delehanty, Jennings (HOF), and Kling. Thirteen FAIR 20: Ames (Vg-Ex appearance, downgraded due to barely detectable surface abrasion in corner), Baker (HOF, light ink stamp on reverse, tiny corner chip, otherwise Vg), Davis (checklist is checked in pencil on reverse, tiny surface chip in background, otherwise Vg-Ex), Donovan, Gibson, Herzog (front Vg, checklist marked on reverse), Meyers, Mowrey, Pfeister (tiny surface paper chip to reverse not affecting type), Rucker (tiny surface chip, glue stains on reverse, otherwise Vg-Ex), Spencer (downgraded light ink stamp on reverse, otherwise Vg-Ex), Thomas (front Vg-Ex, downgraded due to area of paper loss on reverse), and Tinker (HOF, front Vg-Ex, harshly downgraded due to a little glue residue on back). Three POOR 10: Konetchy (paper loss to front) , Marquard (HOF, Vg front, downgraded due to a little surface paper loss to reverse not affecting type), and Rossman (couple of border chips, light ink stamp on reverse, not a bad-looking card for this grade) . This is a magnificent and rarely seen complete set of E96 Philadelphia Caramel, one of the most popular and colorful of all "E" card issues, and with an overall appearance far superior to that suggested by the technically accurate SGC-assigned grades. Total 30 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $9,400.00
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