Pair of 1909-1910 E97 C. A. Briggs Co. Black-and-White "Proof" Cards

Sold For: $960

Auction Year: 2016 spring

Lot: 258

Item Year: 1909

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Presented is pair of black-and-white variety E97 Briggs cards featuring Joe Birmingham and Bill Bradley of the Cleveland Naps. For more than thirty years, due to the natural desire of collectors to have a name by which to refer to them and a real interest in identifying the issue, these cards have been referred to as E97 "proof" cards. The black-and-white variety cards are, in fact, not really E97 "proof" cards. This unusual issue is obviously related to E97s, and they do feature the same images as are found on E97 Briggs, but little else is known with certainty about them. It is our belief that these are a candy issue unto themselves, possibly also issued by the C. A. Briggs Company. Because of hobby tradition, unless the true issuer is ever identified by newly discovered advertising or a package design, these will probably always be known as "E97 proofs." Each card is graded and encapsulated FAIR 20 by SGC due to scattered technical faults. This is a very interesting pair of unusual and very scarce black-and-white variety E97 Briggs cards. Total: 2 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).


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