1909 E95 Philadelphia Caramel Complete SGC-Graded Set (25)

Sold For: $4,200

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 223

Item Year: 1909

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Complete set of E95 Philadelphia Caramel consisting of all twenty-five cards, highlighted by ten Hall of Famers, including Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Eddie Plank. Each card has been graded and encapsulated by SGC (all submitted by REA). SGC Condition Report: Two VG/EX 50: Lord and Willetts. One VG+ 45: Hoffman. Four VG 40: Bender (HOF), Carrigan, Morgan, and Wiltse. Two GOOD+ 35: Merkle and Reulbach. Seven GOOD 30: Chance (HOF), Crawford (HOF), Doyle, Evers (HOF), Maddox, Plank (HOF), and Willis (HOF). Six FAIR 20: Collins (HOF), Devlin, Krause, Mathewson (HOF), McIntyre, and Wagner (HOF). Two POOR 10: Cicotte (Black Sox) and Cobb (HOF). One Authentic: Leach. 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 “E” 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 is a very consistent complete set,with all cards presenting with bright colors and crisp images. An outstanding complete set of one of the era's most popular issues! The equivalent SMR value for the assigned grades (factoring in the nine half-grades at the lower whole-grade level and excluding the one card graded Authentic) is $4,645. Total: 25 cards. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000+.

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