Presented is a very attractive and uniformly graded near-complete set of E95 Philadelphia Caramel consisting of seventeen of the twenty-five cards in the set, including four Hall of Famers. Missing eight cards for completion: Cicotte, Cobb, Crawford, Evers, Mathewson, Plank, Reulbach, and Wagner (all of which are offered as separate lots in this auction). Each card has been graded and encapsulated by PSA (8) or SGC (9). The condition report is as follows: One SGC EX+ 70:
Morgan. Eight SGC EX 60:
Devlin, Doyle, Hoffman, Krause (PSA EX 5), Maddox, McIntyre, Merkle (PSA EX 5), and Willetts. Eight PSA VG-EX 4:
Bender (HOF), Carrigan (SGC VG/EX 50), Chance (HOF), Collins (HOF), Leach, Lord, Willis (HOF, SGC VG/EX 50), and Wiltse. This 25-card set was issued in 1909 by the Philadelphia Caramel Co. of Camden, New Jersey. The E95 set was almost certainly inspired by the great success that tobacco companies were having with their cards. This set is of special significance in that the E95 artwork was not reissued by other manufacturers, a practice that was so widespread with other “E” card issues. The designs used in E95 are unique to the set. These cards have a very distinctive look to them and the artwork is definitely a cut above their rivals of the time. Due to the thin stock on which they are printed, E95 Philadelphia Caramel cards are rarely found in high grade. This high-quality collection represents a very substantial and relatively affordable start to collecting one of the era's most popular sets. The equivalent SMR value for the assigned grades is $6,105 (factoring the one half-grade at the lower whole-grade level). Total: 17 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+.
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