Graded NM 84 by SGC. One of only two examples graded at this level with none higher! Striking high-grade example of Wild Bill Donovan of the Detroit Tigers from the 1909 E92 Croft's Cocoa set, with advertising for "Croft's Swiss Milk Cocoa" of Philadelphia on the reverse. The same designs were also issued with advertising on the reverse for Croft's & Allen Candy. It appears that both varieties of these cards were issued by the Croft & Allen Co. of Philadelphia to be handed out as advertising items to promote its candy and cocoa, which, as noted on the back of this card, is "Served Hot at our fountain 11 South 15th St. Montague & Co. Philadelphia, Pa." The offered example has a flawless image set against a vibrant colored background. Centered slightly to the bottom right, with four strong corners and a faint wet-sheet transfer of the Croft's Cocoa advertising visible on front. The reverse is entirely clean and boldly printed, with the printed advertisement centered to the far bottom right. This is a very attractive high-grade sample card from this rare set. Reserve $400. Estimate (open).
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