Graded NM 7 by PSA. This is one of only two examples graded at this level by PSA with none higher. High-grade card of Solly Hofman (Chicago Cubs) from the classic 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, a practice 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 that of 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. Crisp and clean, with strong corners, brilliant colors, excellent centering, and flawless registration. Boldly printed and well-centered checklist reverse, with a tiny spot of paper loss just barely affecting the checklist numbering. In our opinion, this example displays a slight trim to all edges, though someone else might have a different opinion. A very attractive high-grade example from this desirable prewar issue, which would make a significant addition to any world-class E95 set or sample-card collection. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.
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