1910 E103 Williams Caramel George McQuillan SGC EX/MT+ 82

Sold For: $1,080

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 251

Item Year: 1910

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Graded EX/MT+ 82 by SGC (submitted by REA). This is the ONLY example graded at this level with just one higher! Extremely attractive high-grade example of George McQuillan (Philadelphia Nationals) from this very rare and classic 1910-era candy set. The E103 Williams Caramel set is easily distinguished from other caramel sets of the era by the bright red background highlighting each player's portrait. As noted on each card along the lower margin, the Williams Candy Company was located in Oxford, Pennsylvania, and this candy was very likely sold on a somewhat regional basis. This fact almost certainly accounts for the cards' great rarity. When they are found, they usually have serious condition problems, which is not surprising considering that these cards were issued to children one card per package of candy. A grade of EX/MT+ may not sound impressive, but it is extraordinary for an E103! Only two cards (of any subject) have ever been graded EX/MT+ or higher by SGC out of 458 cards evaluated to date (this EX/MT+ 82 and one NM 84). The offered example is crisp and clean, with a flawless image, deep red background, four strong corners, and centering a hint to the right. The blank reverse is entirely clean. This is a stunning high-grade example worthy of any complete E103 set or sample-card collection. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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