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1921 E253 Oxford Confectionery Collection (13 cards)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,350
Collection of thirteen different cards (of the twenty in the set) from the 1921 E253 Oxford Confectionery set, one of the most unusual and rare issues of the 1920s. Highlighted by ten Hall of Famers, the collection consists of the following: Alexander (HOF, Gd-Vg), Bancroft (HOF, irregular cut along the bottom, otherwise Vg-Ex), Carey (HOF, Fr), Collins (HOF, Gd), Frisch (HOF, Pr), Grimes (HOF, Fr), Hornsby (HOF, Fr), Meadows (Pr), Perkins (Vg), Schalk (HOF, Pr), Sisler (HOF, Vg), Speaker (HOF, Vg-Ex), and Williams (Vg-Ex). Oxford Confectionery issued this unusual set in 1921, at the same time its larger competitors were also issuing baseball cards with caramel treats. Pennsylvania was a very popular area for candy manufacturers in the early 1920s, but Oxford Confectionery was a much smaller manufacturer than other Pennsylvania candy companies that issued baseball cards, and this no doubt relates to the far greater rarity of E253 Oxfords compared to other early 1920s caramel cards. Collectors have always appreciated the rarity and primitive charm of this distinctive candy issue, which features photos that are unique to this set. Oxfords appear to have been regionally issued, as they are rarely found outside of the Pennsylvania area. All of the cards in this lot have an appearance superior to their technically accurate modest grades. This is a very attractive group of cards, and a tremendous foundation for the assembly of a complete set of one of the rarest and most interesting of all 1920s issues. Total: 13 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500+. SOLD FOR $2,350
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