1910 E125 American Caramel Die-cut Tommy Leach

Sold For: $705

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 166

Item Year: 1910

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded VG 3 by PSA. Only "1 of 1" graded by PSA with no other examples at any level graded by PSA. Rare E125 American Caramel sample card featuring outfielder Tommy Leach from the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. The card has an Excellent appearance, but is technically Vg due to an extremely light neck crease (very minor and very difficult to see but present upon extremely close inspection). The reverse has natural toning and is problem-free, with advertisement and checklist perfectly centered. In the "old days" this card would have been graded Excellent by anyone and everyone, even condition-conscious collectors! The standup tabs are all complete, intact, and have never even been folded back. E125 die-cuts are among the rarest of all 1910-era candy issues. No full set is known to exist, and due to their considerable rarity, even the check listing of the set is still a work in progress some ninety years after its issue. Though not a Hall of Famer, Tommy Leach was one of the game's most durable stars and enjoyed an outstanding nineteen-year Major League career (1898-1918), most of which was spent as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Today, Leach is best remembered for making the first hit in World Series history and also for being a key member of the 1909 World Champion Pirates. This is an exceptional sample from this rare and unusual 1910-era baseball die-cut caramel-card set, with a far superior appearance than its technically accurate SGC-assigned grade. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $705

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