1910 E96 Philadelphia Caramel Fred Clarke PSA EX 5

Sold For: $840

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 309

Item Year: 1910

Category: E Candy Cards

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Graded EX 5 by PSA. Outstanding example of Hall of Famer Fred Clarke from the E96 Philadelphia Caramel series. E96 cards are very similar in design to their E95 counterparts and can most easily be distinguished by the attractive red-printed checklist of the complete set on the reverse of each card. They were issued on fairly thin stock which did not easily escape damage or wear well over the years. This card is bright and crisp, with a bold red background, a clean surface with no creases, and virtually perfect centering. Slightly off-register color alignment, light corner wear, and a tiny abrasion to the right border account for the assigned grade. The reverse features a very boldly printed checklist for the set. It is interesting to note that Clarke's name is misspelled as "Clark." This card is in excellent condition, especially for a caramel card, which because they were issued with candy, one card per package, tend to survive in lesser condition than their more common tobacco-card counterparts. A grade of EX 5 might not be that big a deal for a T206 or a 1933 Goudey, but it is an extremely high grade for an E96. This is a superb example of one of Clarke’s most striking cards from one of the most popular and colorful of all “E” card issues, and one that would be a worthy addition to any extremely high quality classic Hall of Fame, E96, or sample-card collection. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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