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1909 E95 Philadelphia Caramel Complete SGC-Graded Set (25)
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $11,850
Complete twenty-five-card set of E95 Philadelphia Caramel, highlighted by Hall of Famers Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Eddie Plank. Each card has been graded and encapsulated by SGC (all submitted by REA). The E95 set is one of the most highly regarded of all caramel-card sets. This is a beautiful set! SGC grades these cards very harshly. As can easily be seen on the Internet (where all twenty-five cards in the set are pictured), many cards have a far superior appearance than suggested by the SGC-assigned grades. The SGC condition report is as follows: Two EX 60: Carrigan and Willis (HOF). Five VG/EX 50: Cobb (HOF), Doyle, Lord, Wagner (HOF), and Wiltse. Twelve VG 40: Bender (HOF), Chance (HOF), Cicotte ("Black Sox" member), Collins (HOF), Crawford (HOF), Devlin, Hoffman, Leach, Mathewson (HOF), McIntyre, Morgan, and Willetts. Five GOOD 30: Evers (HOF), Krause, Maddox, Merkle, and Plank (HOF). One FAIR 20: Reulbach. This 25-card set was issued in 1909 by the Philadelphia Caramel Co. of Camden, New Jersey. The E95 set was almost certainly inspired by the great success that tobacco companies were having with their cards. This set is of special significance in that the E95 artwork was not reissued by other manufacturers, a practice that was so widespread with other “E” card issues. The designs used in E95 are unique to the set. These cards have a very distinctive look to them and the artwork is definitely a cut above their rivals of the time. Due to the thin stock on which they are printed, E95 Philadelphia Caramel cards are rarely found in high grade. This is a magnificent and rarely seen complete set of E95 Philadelphia Caramel, one of the most popular and colorful of all "E" card issues, and with an overall appearance far superior to that suggested by the technically accurate SGC-assigned grades. The equivalent SMR value for the assigned grades is $13,285. Total: 25 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000+. SOLD FOR $11,850
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