1911 E94 George Close Candy Ty Cobb - Purple Background

Sold For: $1,680

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 217

Item Year: 1911

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Desirable example of Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer Ty Cobb from the E94 George Close Candy set, one of the most popular and highly collected of all 1910-era caramel-card sets. The E94 Cobb is considered by many to be among Cobb's most classic cards. The offered card is set against a boldly printed purple background. Although cards from this set are found with seven different background colors, collectors have come to appreciate purple backgrounds not only for their aesthetics but for their rarity (they are thought by many to be the scarcest). While the card displays a bold background and outstanding centering, it is modestly graded POOR 10 by SGC due to a number of condition flaws. The reverse features a checklist for the set and is entirely clean. While at a glance E94s may be easily confused with other caramel-card sets of the era (E93 and E98 specifically), they are an entirely different set, even though they use many of the same subjects and poses. Of the three previously mentioned sets, E94s are the most difficult to find. The E94 caramel-card set is usually associated with the George Close Co. of Cambridge, Massachusetts. While the majority of the E94 cards do not have any sort of advertisement on the back, some have been found with overprints that refer to this company. Caramel cards, of course, are rarely found in high grade. This is a modestly graded, relatively affordable classic caramel card of the legendary Ty Cobb from this rare, early twentieth-century candy issue, and one that would be an outstanding addition to any “E” card, Hall of Famer, Ty Cobb, or classic prewar-card collection. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).


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