1911 E94 George Close Candy John McGraw - Red Background

Sold For: $600

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 210

Item Year: 1911

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded VG 40 by SGC. Extremely attractive E94 candy card featuring New York Giants Hall of Famer John McGraw in a catching pose set against a bold red background (one of the seven different background color variations of the set). Very attractive card with bright, crisp colors, even wear on the corners, and outstanding centering. A small stain in the upper right corner and an extremely tiny surface chip north of his cap is responsible for the assigned grade. The back features the checklist for the set. While at a glance E94s may be easily confused with other caramel-card sets of the era (E93 and E98 specifically), they are an entirely different set, though they share many of the same subjects and poses. The E94 caramel-card set is usually associated with the George Close Co. of Cambridge, Massachusetts. While the majority of the E94 cards do not have any sort of advertisement on the back, some have been found with overprints that make reference to this company. This is an extremely attractive example of one of McGraw's most classic cards from this rare, early twentieth-century candy issue. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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