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1909 E92 Croft's Swiss Milk Cocoa Chief Bender
Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $1,175.00
Graded EX 60 by SGC. Chief Bender (striped hat variation) from the 1909 E92 Croft's Cocoa set, with advertising for "Croft's Swiss Milk Cocoa" of Philadelphia on the reverse. The same designs were also issued with advertising on the reverse for Croft's & Allen Candy. It appears that both varieties of these cards were issued by the Croft & Allen Co. of Philadelphia to be handed out as advertising items to promote their candy and cocoa, which, as noted on the back of this card, is "Served Hot at our fountain 11 South 15th St. Montague & Co. Philadelphia, Pa." The offered sample card of Hall of Famer Chief Bender (one of two poses of Bender in the set) has a flawless image set against a striking blue background, four square corners with very light wear (predominately the upper left), no creases, and centered approximately 10/90 left to right. (Note: Slight factory miscuts are not uncommon with this scarce issue.) The reverse is clean with a bold advertisement for Croft’s Cocoa. This is a striking Hall of Famer example from this rare set. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,175.00
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