1911 E94 George Close Candy PSA- and SGC-Graded Collection (22)

Sold For: $5,700

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 270

Item Year: 1911

Category: E Candy Cards

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Extremely rare E94 George Close Candy partial set consisting of fifteen of the thirty cards in the set, plus seven duplicates (all with different background colors) for a total of twenty-two E94 cards, highlighted by two Hall of Famers. Each card is professionally graded and encapsulated (eleven SGC and eleven PSA). The thirty-card E94 set was issued in 1911 by the George Close Co. of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Advanced collectors of "E" cards will immediately recognize the caramel-card set designated as "E94" as a thorn in their sides. While at a glance E94s may be easily confused with other caramel-card sets of the era (E93 and E98 specifically), they are an entirely different set, even though they use many of the same subjects and poses. Of the three previously mentioned sets, E94s are the most difficult. Grading Composite: Two PSA VG-EX 4: Bates (blue) and Davis (blue). Two SGC VG+ 45: Davis (red) and Moore (red, PSA 3.5). Four PSA VG 3: Bates (red), Dougherty (blue), Kleinow (green), and Turner (purple, SGC 40). Two SGC GOOD+ 35: Jennings (red, HOF) and Lake (gold, PSA 2.5). Eight SGC GOOD 30: Devlin (red, PSA 2), Devore (purple), Dougherty (gold), Grant (gold), Jennings (blue, HOF, PSA 2), Leach (Blue, PSA 2), Lord (red), and Magee (olive). One PSA FR 1.5: Byrne (purple). Two SGC POOR 10: Byrne (red) and Devore (red). One SGC Authentic: Magee (purple). Caramel cards, which of course were issued with candy, one card per pack, tend to survive in lesser condition than their more common tobacco-card counterparts. The modest grades within this collection offer an outstanding opportunity to acquire a relatively affordable foundation for the assembly and completion of this rare set. The equivalent SMR value in the assigned grades (factoring in the five half-grades at the lower whole-grade level and excluding the one authentic) is $4,940. Total: 22 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+.

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