1911 E94 George Close Candy Tris Speaker - Green Background

Sold For: $960

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 279

Item Year: 1911

Category: E Candy Cards

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Graded GOOD+ 35 by SGC. Attractive modestly-graded E94 example of Hall of Famer Tris Speaker with a green background. Advanced collectors of "E" cards will immediately recognize the caramel-card set designated as "E94" as a thorn in their side. 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. The E94 caramel-card set is usually associated with the George Close Co. of Cambridge, Mass. While the majority of the E94 cards do not have any sort of advertisement on the back, some have been found with overprints that make reference to this company. This example displays outstanding visual appeal for the assigned grade. Boldly printed front and back, with slightly tilted centering, even corner wear, and a bit of creasing confined to two corner areas. Downgraded for a small chip of paper loss on the bottom edge. This is an exceptionally strong GOOD+ example of the legendary Tris Speaker from this rare, early twentieth-century candy issue. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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