Graded EX 5 by PSA. This is one of only two examples graded at this level by PSA with just one higher. Outstanding example of New York Giants Hall of Famer Rube Marquard from the E96 Philadelphia Caramel set. E96 cards are very similar in design to their E95 counterparts and can most easily be distinguished by the attractive red-printed checklist of the complete set on the reverse of each card. They were issued on fairly thin stock, which did not easily escape damage or wear well over the years. This card is bright and crisp, with a bold red background, a perfect surface with no creases, four strong corners (a bit more wear to the upper right), and outstanding centering. A light caramel stain at the bottom border detracts very little from the overall visual appeal (mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy). 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 superb high-grade example of one of Marquard’s 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, E96, or sample-card collection. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.
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