1909 E95 Philadelphia Caramel Near-Complete Set (21 of 25) Including Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner

Sold For: $4,700

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1701

Item Year: 1909

Category: Internet Only

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Near-complete set of E95 Philadelphia Caramel consists of twenty-one of the twenty-five cards in the set, including nine Hall of Famers, highlighted by Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Eddie Plank. Missing only four cards for completion: Carrigan, Leach, Lord, and Willis. Six cards range in grade from Gd to Vg; nineteen are lesser (mostly Poor). These cards are part 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. We have selected four cards to be graded by SGC (submitted by REA). Highlights: Bender (Pr), Chance (Fr), Cicotte ("Black Sox" member, Gd), Cobb (SGC GOOD 30), Collins (Fr), Crawford (Gd), Evers (Gd), Mathewson (SGC VG 40), Plank (SGC POOR 10), and Wagner (SGC FAIR 20). This 25-card set was issued in 1909 by the Philadelphia Caramel Co. of Camden, New Jersey. The E95 set was almost certainly inspired by the great success that tobacco companies were having with their cards. This set is of even greater significance in that the E95 artwork was not reissued by other manufacturers, as was so widespread with other ā€œEā€ card issues. The designs used in E95 are unique to the set. These cards have a very distinctive look to them and the artwork is definitely a cut above their rivals of the time. Due to the thin stock on which they are printed, E95 Philadelphia Caramel cards are rarely found in high grade. Total 21 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $4,700

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