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1911 E94 George Close Candy Near-Complete Set (25/30)
Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $23,500.00
Exceptionally rare near-complete (25 of 30) set of E94. This 30-card set was issued in 1911 by the George Close Co. of Cambridge, Mass. Advanced collectors of "E" cards will immediately recognize the caramel card set designated as "E94" as a thorn in their side. While at a glance E94s may be easily confused with other caramel card sets of the era (E93 and E98 specifically), they are an entirely different set, even though they use many of the same subjects and poses. Of the three previously mentioned sets, E94s are the most difficult. The E94 caramel card set is usually associated with the George Close Co. of Cambridge, Mass. While the majority of the E94 cards do not have any sort of advertisement on the back, some have been found with overprints that make reference to this company. The set is comprised almost exclusively of Hall of Famers and stars. We have selected ten cards from the near-set to be graded and encapsulated by SGC: VG-EX 50: Nap Lajoie. VG 40: Frank Chance, Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford, Johnny Evers, and John McGraw. GOOD 30: Ed Cicotte (Black Sox), Hugh Jennings, and Tris Speaker. FAIR 20: " Hans" Wagner. The remaining fifteen cards grade as follows: Nine Vg (Austin, Byrne, Devore, Doolan, Lake, Lobert, Lord, Magee, and Murray), and six in lesser grades (Bates, Davis, Grant, Kleinow, Leach, and Turner). These cards are in very pleasing but circulated condition. This is typical for caramel cards, which of course were issued with candy, one card per pack, and which tend to survive in lesser condition than their more common tobacco-card counterparts. These cards were saved by our consignor's grandfather, who collected these cards as a youngster in 1910, and have remained in the family ever since. Total 25 (of the 30 in the set) cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $23,500.00
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