1927 E210 York Caramels (Type 2) #26 Lou Gehrig - PSA EX-MT 6 - Highest Graded!

Sold For: $5,875

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 505

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Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA. This extraordinary card is the highest-graded E210 York Caramels example in the world of key Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig, and by good fortune happens to date precisely to the landmark 1927 season. This is the only E210 Lou Gehrig graded at this level, with none graded higher. In fact, the next highest graded example by PSA is GOOD 2. This card is an extreme rarity in any condition. A total of only three other examples have ever been graded by PSA or SGC (two Good and one Poor). We have never had an example of this card before, and therefore had never seen the reverse. This rare candy card of Lou Gehrig is one of the keys from one of the few substantial issues dating from the late 1920s. We found it particularly fascinating that the very short text on the reverse refers to Gehrig by his very short-lived nickname "Buster." Gehrig was given this nickname by the New York Times in May 1927, apparently in an effort to add some color to its increasing coverage of the rising star. Its use lasted for a few months, but it didn't stick. The card has perfect clarity and four square corners, and is centered slightly to the top right. The reverse is perfectly clean with no caramel stains. The 1927 York Caramel Company set is very similar in design to Tharps Ice Cream, Sweetman, and W502, but with advertising for the "York Caramel Co." of York, Pennsylvania, on the reverse. Collectors have always appreciated the rarity and primitive charm of this distinctive candy issue. York Caramels appear to have been regionally issued, as they are rarely found outside of the Pennsylvania area. #26 Gehrig appears only in the far rarer Type 2 York caramel set. In the York Caramel Type 1 set, card #26 is Tom Zachary. This is an exceptional high-grade 1920s Lou Gehrig card, and an extreme rarity that would be a significant highlight in even the most advanced Lou Gehrig or Hall of Fame card collection. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $5,875

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