1909 E101 Anonymous "Set of 50" Bill Bergen SGC NM 84

Sold For: $540

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 243

Item Year: 1909

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded NM 84 by SGC. This is the ONLY example graded at this level with just one higher. Extraordinary high-grade example of Bill Bergen (Brooklyn Superbas) from the extremely rare E101 "Set of 50" series. The manufacturer of E101 is unknown. This rare caramel issue from 1909 shares a similar design with several other related candy issues (Croft's Candy, Dockman Gum, Nadja Caramels, etc.) from the same era. As suggested by its impressive SGC grade, the offered example is in tremendous condition, especially compared to most other caramel cards, with a crisp, clean image, bold colors, bright white borders, four strong corners, and centering slightly to the left. The reverse is boldly printed, and there is a faint wet-sheet transfer visible. 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), they also tend to survive in a much lower grade. Only six E101 examples (of any subject) have ever been graded NM 84 or better by SGC out of 681 cards evaluated to date! (SGC has never graded an E101 higher than NM+.) This is an outstanding ultra high-grade example worthy of any world-class E101 set or type-card collection.

Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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