1911 E94 George Close Candy Ty Cobb - Rare "Your Out" Overprint

Sold For: $8,400

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 265

Item Year: 1911

Category: E Candy Cards

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Graded VG 3 by PSA. Offered is a "Your Out" E94 George Close Candy overprint featuring legendary Hall of Famer Ty Cobb. All E94 overprints are extremely rare, but one featuring Ty Cobb is all the more noteworthy. The overprint on this card is an extraordinarily bold, flawless, and vibrant blue, and is a perfect strike that really stands out, which of course is ideal for an E94 overprint example. "Overprinting" is a term commonly used to refer to the rare practice of a company taking cards already printed (in some cases even issued by another manufacturer) and adding advertising, in the form of printing or an ink stamp, to allow the cards to function as their own advertising vehicle at modest cost. E94s without advertising overprints, which is almost all of them, do not identify the George Close Candy Company as the issuer in the text on the reverse. Only the extremely rare advertising overprints, such as this example, provide the George Close Candy attribution. In this case, the overprint on this E94 Ty Cobb advertises "Your Out! If You Don't Eat Close's Oppie Dildocks - Made By - The George Close Co. - Confectioners - Cambridge, Mass." This card has a bold image set against a striking blue background, even wear on the corners, a faint crease that runs from the right edge through Cobb's wrist, and is centered slightly to the left. This is a very attractive mid-grade Ty Cobb example of one of card collecting's most unusual and rare 1910-era sample cards. From the Dan Gantt Collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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