1928 F50 Harrington's Ice Cream #48 Earl Smith Green Tint - Extreme Rarity!

Sold For: $1,440

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1000

Item Year: 1928

Category: Teens to 1920s cards

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Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. This is the ONLY example graded at this level with just two higher! Extremely rare example of the 1928 Harrington's Ice Cream "Green Tint" of #48 Earl Smith (one of fewer than ten known). Many collectors believe that the #48 Earl Smith card was intentionally made rare to keep children from getting a costly prize as detailed on the back of each card. The back of each card informs youngsters that a complete set of all sixty cards could be exchanged for a free gallon of ice cream! Judging from the extreme rarity of #48 Earl Smith, combined with the fact that this one card is so different from all other cards in the set (being printed in green-and-white as opposed to black-and-white) strongly suggests that legend is true. This is an extremely rare card! In fact, this is only the third example we have ever offered. The idea of making one card in a set extremely rare so that the card manufacturer would not be losing too much money by giving out a lot of the offered valuable prizes has many precedents. R306 Butter Cream Confectionary has its almost impossible Babe Ruth card. The R300 George C. Miller set has its Paul "Ivy" Andrews. The 1933 R328 U.S. Caramel set has its Lindy Lindstrom. There are other similar examples. In our opinion, there is no doubt that this is also the reason for the great rarity of the 1928 Harrington's #48 Earl Smith. This is an extremely attractive example, with a crisp image, light touches of wear at the corners, centering to the bottom right, and a clean, boldly printed reverse. Because of its great rarity, there is no consensus on the value for this card. We are confident the auction process will provide clarity. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).


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