1909 E95 Philadelphia Caramel Collection (7), Including Wagner and Plank

Sold For: $3,259

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 232

Item Year: 1909

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Original-owner collection of seven different E95 Philadelphia Caramel cards, including four Hall of Famers, highlighted by Honus Wagner and Eddie Plank. These cards were saved by our consignor's grandfather and have remained in the family since the year of issue. The balance of the collection (which includes over 275 T206 White Border baseball cards) are presented in several lots elsewhere in this auction. Each card has been graded and encapsulated by SGC (all submitted by REA). The collection consists of following: Sam Crawford (HOF, EX 60; in our opinion this card is overgraded due to too much corner wear; we grade this card Vg-Ex), Harry Lord (VG 40), Nick Maddox (VG 40), Cy Morgan (VG/EX 50), Eddie Plank (HOF, GOOD 30), Honus Wagner (HOF, VG 40; we grade this card just slightly lesser at Gd-Vg), and Vic Willis (HOF, VG 40). 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 special significance in that the E95 artwork was not reissued by other manufacturers, a practice that 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. This collection has an impressive concentration of key Hall of Famers and represents a relatively affordable start to collecting one of the era's most popular sets. The equivalent SMR value for the assigned grades is $3,615. Total: 7 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,259

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