Presented is a modestly PSA-graded pair of Hall of Famers 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. E98s are found with four different background colors: blue, green, orange, and red. For many years, E98s were among the scarcest of the 1910-era caramel cards, but the recent “Black Swamp Find” has changed the population dramatically. E98s have always been very desirable, and their increased availability and noteworthiness due to the find may have increased the demand as more collectors have become familiar with the set. This lot consists of the following:
Mordecai Brown (red background, VG 3) and Nap Lajoie (orange background, PSA Authentic, trimmed on top border). 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), they also tend to survive in a much lower grade. These are two relatively affordable examples of key Hall of Famers from this extremely desirable early twentieth-century candy issue. Total: 2 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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