1910 E98 Anonymous "Set of 30" Russ Ford SGC MINT 96

Sold For: $1,320

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 324

Item Year: 1910

Category: E Candy Cards

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Graded MINT 96 by SGC. One of only two examples graded at this level by SGC with none higher. Presented is a stunning ultra high-grade example of Russ Ford (New York Highlanders) 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” (from which this card originates) 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. Set against a brilliant red background, this card boasts near-perfect centering with a crisp image and razor-sharp corners. The reverse is clean and boldly printed. Caramel cards in general are much rarer than tobacco cards of the era. Because they were issued with caramels one card per package and sold to children (as opposed to being sold to adults with tobacco), caramel cards also tend to survive in a much lower grade, making these high-grade "Black Swamp Find" cards of all the greater note. A superb Mint example worthy of any world-class E98 set or type-card collection. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).


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