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1909 E102 Anonymous "Set of 25" Near-Complete Set (23/25)
Starting Bid - $1,500.00 , Sold For - $5,581.25
Rarely seen near-complete set of E102 Anonymous “Set of 25” comprised of 23 of the 25 cards in the set. Missing just Cobb and Doyle for completion. This is the first near-set of E102s that we can recall ever offering. The manufacturer of this 25-card set is unknown. The fronts are identical in design to their E101 counterparts and can most easily be distinguished by the attractive black-printed checklist of the 25-card complete set on the reverse of each card. Four of the players are found with two variations for a total of 29 cards. The set does not include the four variation cards. As is the case with most 1910-era tobacco and “E” card issues, E102 cards each measure approximately 1.5 x 2.75 inches. Twenty-two cards range in grade from Gd to Vg-Ex, and one card lesser. All twenty-three cards from the set have been graded and encapsulated by SGC (unless otherwise noted): One VG/EX 50: Miller (batting). Eleven VG 40: Bescher, Chase (PSA VG 3), Eddie Collins (HOF), Donovan, Kleinow (PSA VG 3), Christy Mathewson (HOF), Murphy, Schaefer, Shean (PSA VG 3), Joe Tinker (HOF), and Honus Wagner/batting (HOF, GAI VG 3 - Very striking card, with bold colors, flawless registration, and even corner wear. Clean front and back, with no creases, and centered slightly to the top). Ten GOOD 30: Chief Bender (HOF), Sam Crawford (HOF, PSA GOOD 2), Dooin (from the famous “Nagy Collection”), Dougherty, Johnny Evers (HOF, PSA GOOD 2), Nap Lajoie (HOF, GAI G-VG 2.5), Lobert (from the famous “Nagy Collection”), Magee (PSA GOOD 2), Smith (Schmidt, GAI Good 2), and Zimmerman (PSA GOOD 2). One POOR 10: Knabe (PSA PR-FR 1). This set is in exceptionally fine condition with most cards appearing better than their technically accurate PSA- and SGC-assigned grades. Caramel cards, because they were issued with candy, one card per package, did not easily escape damage or hold up well to wear over the years. This is a very attractive and very rarely offered near-complete set of E102s, one of the most popular, elusive, and colorful of all “E” card issues. Total 23 cards. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $5,581.25
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