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1909-1910 E97 C. A. Briggs Co. Dennis Sullivan - Rare Boston Variation
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,231
Graded VG 40 by SGC. Very attractive mid-grade example of the extremely rare Dennis Sullivan Boston team variation from this scarce candy issue. This is the first example of this significant "E" card rarity that we can recall offering in recent years. The 30-card E97 set was issued in 1909-1910 by the C. A. Briggs Co., Lozenge Makers of Boston, Mass. The E97 set is closely related to several other candy sets from the era, which share the same format, and, in many cases, the same player image. The cards are very similar in design to the E93 set and can most easily be distinguished by the different checklist on the back and the advertisement for "C. A. Briggs Co., Lozenge Makers, Boston, Mass." along the bottom on the reverse of each card. As is the case with most 1910-era tobacco and “E” card issues, E97 C. A. Briggs Company cards each measure approximately 1.5 x 2.75 inches. Sullivan is a very interesting subject in the E97 set. It is not clear if this card is Dennis Sullivan or Billy Sullivan. This card is known to exist in two variations: with the team identified as Chicago and also as Boston. Billy Sullivan played for Chicago, but not Boston. Dennis Sullivan never played with Chicago, and played for Boston briefly in 1907, years before the E97 set was issued. The confusion of who this card was intended to represent is no doubt related to the fact that it was issued with two different team identifications. Because the card pictures Sullivan in a Boston uniform, our best guess is that the player pictured is actually Dennis Sullivan, and was intended to be Chicago's Billy Sullivan, and the error was addressed by changing the team identification. This is the "Sullivan, Boston Amer." variety. It is extremely rare. This example is bright and crisp, with bold colors, evenly rounded corners, and centered towards the top left (approximately 30/70 L/R and 25/75 T/B). The checklist back has toning along part of the left edge, and is otherwise perfectly clean. This is a very attractive, fascinating, and rarely offered card of Dennis Sullivan from the very scarce E97 Briggs Co. set. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,231
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