1909-1911 E254 Colgan's Chips Collection (182) Including Ty Cobb

Sold For: $4,500

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 266

Item Year: 1909

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Among the most unique and distinctive cards ever produced are the 1909-1911 E254 Colgan's Chips series. The cards are actually circular (1-7/16 inches in diameter) and were issued as inserts with Colgan's Chips ("The Gum That's Round") in the round Colgan's Chips gum tins. Offered is a substantial collection of 182 different E254 Colgan's Chips cards. Highlighted by twelve Hall of Famers, including Ty Cobb and Cy Young, this collection represents 60% of a complete 304-card set. The condition of this collection spans numerous grades, with 6% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, 6% Vg-Ex to Ex, 32% Gd to Vg, and 56% lesser. Keys: Baker (Fr), Chance (Pr), Chase (Gd), Clarke (Fr-Gd), Cobb (PSA VG 3), Collins (Fr), Evers (Vg+), Jennings (Pr-Fr), Joss (Pr), McGinnity (pen mark on back, otherwise Vg-Ex), Tinker (glue residue on back, otherwise Vg), Waddell (Fr), and Young (significantly trimmed, otherwise Pr). E254 Colgan's Chips are not only far rarer than most tobacco cards of the era, but are one of the most interesting sets ever produced and one of the most overlooked of all vintage sets. In our opinion, they represent one of the best values of all 1910-era baseball issues. This is a superb collection of cards, including a dozen Hall of Famers (the set has very few HOFers), from this distinctive early gum issue. A complete inventory listing is available upon request. Total: 182 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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