1911 E94 George Close Candy Bob Bescher - Purple Background (Blank Back)

Sold For: $480

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 218

Item Year: 1911

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Extremely rare and unusual blank-back example of Bob Bescher (Cincinnati Reds) from the E94 George Close Candy set featuring a striking purple background. E94s are usually seen with a checklist of the set on the reverse. This is the first E94 with a blank back that we have ever handled! Although cards from this set are found with seven different background colors, collectors have come to appreciate purple backgrounds not only for their aesthetics but for their rarity (they are thought by many to be the scarcest). The offered example is hand-cut from a sheet and has been encapsulated by SGC as "Authentic." It features a crisp image set against a bold background, even corner wear, paper loss on his chest, and evidence of scrapbook removal on the reverse, which would ultimately cause it to grade modestly. This is a fascinating oddity that is likely to be of great interest to collectors of the E94 set or printing anomalies. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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