1910 E103 Williams Caramel Ty Cobb

Sold For: $6,463

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1694

Item Year: 1910

Category: Internet Only

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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 is perhaps the greatest highlight of one of the most substantial original-owner caramel card collections we have ever offered. The entire collection of over 350 1910-era candy cards (plus over 200 tobacco cards) have been consigned to this auction (all appear in the Internet-only section of the auction), and have been saved for decades by the family of the original owner. It is not uncommon for a collection of several hundred tobacco cards that are new to the modern collecting world to surface, but very unusual for such a quantity of rarer "E" cards to surface. (That's a lot of candy to purchase!) 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 $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $6,463

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