Graded NM/MT+ 92 by SGC. The only example graded at this level by SGC with only one graded higher! Presented is a stunning ultra high-grade example of Al Bridwell (New York Giants) from the E98 “Set of 30” candy-card issue. The manufacturer of E98 is unknown, and the set may be easily confused with other caramel-card sets of the era (E93 and E94 specifically); this is an entirely different set even though it uses many of the same subjects and poses. For many years, E98s were among the scarcest of the 1910-era caramel cards, but the recent “Black Swamp Find” has changed the population dramatically. E98s have always been very desirable, and their increased availability and noteworthiness due to the find may have actually increased the demand as more collectors have become familiar with the set. Set against a brilliant orange background, this card is well centered with a crisp image and sharp corners. The reverse is clean and boldly printed. Caramel cards in general are much rarer than tobacco cards of the era. Because they were issued with caramels one card per package and sold to children (as opposed to being sold to adults with tobacco), caramel cards also tend to survive in a much lower grade, making these high-grade cards of all the greater note. A superb NM-MT+ example worthy of any world-class E98 set or type-card collection. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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