Graded VG 40 by SGC. Magnificent example of Ty Cobb, the key card of this very rare and classic 1910 era candy set. This card was once part of a very substantial original-owner caramel card collection that REA had the privilege of offering in the 2010 auction. The entire collection of over 350 1910-era candy cards (plus over 200 tobacco cards) were consigned to us from the family of the original owner, and this Cobb card was one of the main highlights of the collection. This card was offered separately from the collection as lot 1694 in REA’s May 2010 auction, selling for $6,462 at that time, and has been consigned to this auction directly by the original purchaser. The E103 Williams Caramel set is easily distinguished from other caramel sets of the era by the bright red background highlighting each player's portrait. As noted on each card along the lower margin, The Williams Candy Company was located in Oxford, Pa., and this candy was very likely issued on a somewhat regional basis. This fact almost certainly accounts for their great rarity. When they are found, they usually have serious condition problems, which is not surprising considering that these cards were issued to children one card per package with candy. This is an especially pleasing example for the grade assigned by SGC. Bright, clean, crisp, with a virtually flawless image and a deep red background, well centered (with a very slight tilt to the picture), even wear to the corners, and the most insignificant crease near the upper right corner. The blank reverse has light soiling. This is a very attractive example of one of Cobb's most desirable and rarest cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+.
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