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Lot # 494 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

E-Unc 1921-1922 Schapira Bros. Big Show Candy Walter Johnson with Original Candy Box!

Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $1,762.50

Incredibly rare Schapira Bros. "Big Show" candy card of Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson with the original Schapira Bros. Candy box in which it was issued! It is rare to find even a common player sample card from this issue, let alone a major Hall of Famer. An original candy box is virtually unheard of and this, in fact, is the very first we have ever had to offer. A card example from Schapira Bros. "Big Show" candy set is missing from almost every advanced sample card collection. These cards were one of several types of insert cards and toys issued in boxes with Schapira Bros. “Big Show” candy. The size of the cards (1-3/4 or 1-7/8 x 2-3/8 inches) varies slightly due to the manner in which they were printed and cut by Schapira. The borderless cards are designed with a black-and-white photo of the star and the player’s name in script printed in white. “Photo by Underwood” is credited in the lower left. Johnson is featured in full uniform in a throwing pose. This is a rare Walter Johnson card! Protected in the confines of its original box all these years, it is not surprising that the card is in extremely strong condition, crisp and clean, both front and back, with four square corners displaying just a hint of wear, and an Ex to Ex-Mt appearance (though it may grade slightly lesser due to a little wrinkle visible on the reverse from long ago being packaged in the box with the candy). This is a very attractive example of Walter Johnson from one of the rarest of all early 1920s candy card issues. The original Schapira Bros. “Big Show” candy empty display box is also a gem. The box has a slight tear along the opening flap, but is bright, perfectly clean, and otherwise in Ex-Mt condition. Total 2 items (card and display box). Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,762.50


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