Graded EX/NM 80 by SGC. One of only four cards graded at this level with just one higher by SGC! Extremely attractive and ultra high-grade example of Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Johnny Evers from the E95 Philadelphia Caramel series. The E95 set was almost certainly inspired by the great success that tobacco companies were having with their cards. This set is of even greater significance in that the E95 artwork was not reissued by other manufacturers, as 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 such high grade. A grade of EX/NM 80 might not be that big a deal for a T206 or a 1933 Goudey, but it is an extremely high grade for an E95. This card is bright and crisp, with a bold purple background, a perfect surface with no creases, and four sharp corners. Centered toward the bottom, which is all that keeps this card from grading Near Mint or higher. The reverse features a very boldly printed checklist for the set. This card is in extraordinary condition, especially for a caramel card, which because they were issued with candy, one card per package, tend to survive in lesser condition than their more common tobacco-card counterparts. This is a stunning ultra high-grade example of one of Evers' most striking cards from one of the most popular and colorful of all “E” card issues, and one that would be a worthy addition to any extremely high quality classic Hall of Fame, E95, or sample-card collection. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.
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