1909-1910 W555 Candy Card Collection Including Cobb and Wagner (52)

Sold For: $3,525

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 135

Item Year: 1909

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Extremely significant collection of fifty-two different (out of the 66 subjects known to date in the set) W555 candy cards from the 1910 era, highlighted by nineteen Hall of Famers, including Cobb, Wagner, and Young. This very large group represents 77% of all known subjects and is the largest collection of W555 we have ever seen or heard of, let alone seen offered at auction. Due to their rarity and unusual size (1-1/8 x 1-3/16 inches), W555 cards are one of the most overlooked candy issues from the 1910 era. In years past, they were also one of the most mysterious, as until several years ago, no one knew exactly what company issued them, or even exactly how they were issued, although it was always clear they were cut from something. W555 are now known to have been issued by Philadelphia confectioner Jay S. Meyer on boxes (intended to be hand-cut by youngsters) as part of a candy product package design. A full box of "Base Ball Snap Shots" proving this was discovered in 2007. As also suggested by The Standard Catalog , this set should really now be listed as an "E" card set as opposed to a "W" set, as it is truly a candy-card issue. That they really are candy cards no doubt explains the fact that W555s share the same images as cards from several traditional 1910-era caramel-card sets (E93, E94, E97, and E98). This collection of fifty-two different represents one of, if not the largest, group of these rare candy cards ever assembled. The collection is comprised of the following: Ames, Austin, Bender (HOF), Birmingham, Bradley, Bransfield, Brown (HOF), Cobb (HOF), Chance (HOF), Clarke (HOF), Collins (HOF), Coveleski, Davis, Delahanty, Devlin, Devore, Donovan, Dooin, Doolan, Durham, Dygert, Evers (HOF), Gibson, Griffith (HOF), Hartsell, Heinchman, Hemphill, Jennings (HOF), Jones, Joss (HOF), Keeler (HOF), Kleinow, Lajoie (HOF), Leach, McConnell, McGraw (HOF), Meyers, Moore, Mullin, Murray, two Pastorious (one is an uncatalogued "no comma after name" variation), Phillippi, Plank (HOF), Snodgrass, Steinfeldt, Tinker (HOF), Wagner (HOF), Waddell (HOF), Wiltse, Young (HOF, standing), and Young (HOF, portrait). Thirteen of the cards grade Gd to Vg, including Cobb, Evers, Joss, Plank, Waddell, and Young (standing); forty cards have the same Gd to Vg appearance but are technically slightly lesser due to back damage from scrapbook removal including Lajoie, Wagner, and Young (portrait). This is a very significant and scarce early candy issue, which has always been somewhat overlooked by collectors, perhaps because of its unusual dimensions. Total 52 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open).

SOLD FOR $3,525

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