Graded FAIR 20 by SGC. Presented is a modestly graded example of Hall of Famer Ty Cobb from the E98 “Set of 30” candy-card issue. The manufacturer of E98 is unknown, and the set may be easily confused with other caramel-card sets of the era (E93 and E94 specifically); this is an entirely different set even though it uses many of the same subjects and poses. For many years, E98s were among the scarcest of the 1910-era caramel cards, but the recent “Black Swamp Find” has changed the population dramatically. E98s have always been very desirable, and their increased availability and noteworthiness due to the find may have actually increased the demand as more collectors have become familiar with the set. The offered card is one of the highlights of a master-set collection of E98s consigned to this auction. Bold red background, with a crisp image of Cobb, virtually perfect centering, and even rounding to the corners. The reverse is perfectly centered, with light album residue and small spots of paper loss visible. Caramel cards in general are much rarer than tobacco cards of the era. Because they were issued one card per package of caramels and sold to children (as opposed to being sold to adults with tobacco), they also tend to survive in a much lower grade. An outstanding yet still relatively affordable example of key Hall of Famer Ty Cobb from this extremely desirable early twentieth-century candy issue. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+.
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