1910 E96 Philadelphia Caramel PSA- and SGC-Graded Partial-Set (21/30) Including 4 Hall of Famers

Sold For: $4,800

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 311

Item Year: 1910

Category: E Candy Cards

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Presented is a rarely offered and very attractive near-complete set of E96 Philadelphia Caramel consisting of twenty-one of the thirty cards in the set, including four Hall of Famers. Missing nine cards for completion: Adams, Arrelanes, Brown, Clarke, Donovan, Gibson, Konetchy, Mack, and Marquard. Each card has been graded and encapsulated by PSA (6) or SGC (15). The condition report is as follows: Three PSA EX 5: Dooin (SGC EX 60), Herzog, and Murray. Three SGC VG/EX+ 55: Ames, Kling, and McQuillan (PSA VG-EX+ 4.5). Four VG/EX 50: Meyers, Mowrey, Spencer (PSA VG-EX 4), and Thomas (PSA VG-EX 4). One SGC VG+ 45: Rossman. Five SGC VG 40: Davis, Delehanty, Mullin, Pfeister, and Tinker (HOF). One PSA GOOD+ 2.5: Rucker. Three SGC FAIR 20: Baker (HOF), Jennings (HOF), and Karger. One SGC POOR 10: Lajoie (HOF). While many caramel companies were satisfied with producing only a single set, Philadelphia Caramel followed up its twenty-five card 1909 entry with another thirty cards in 1910. The fact that the E96 card set was issued at all suggests that the E95 set had been a marketing success. The Philadelphia Caramel Company obviously made a conscious decision not to duplicate any players in its two card issues. Unfortunately, for collectors, they had already used most of the game's biggest names in the first set, but were able to muster up an additional eight Hall of Famers for this set, including Connie Mack in one of his few card appearances. The 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. Almost all of the modestly graded cards have a far better appearance than suggested by the technically accurate SGC-assigned grades, which are generally the result of minor faults on the reverse. This is an extremely attractive and rarely seen near-complete set of E96 Philadelphia Caramel, one of the most popular and colorful of all "E" card issues, and with an overall appearance (including many of the higher-grade cards) much better than suggested by the technically accurate assigned grades. The equivalent SMR value in the assigned grades (factoring in the half grades at the lower whole-grade level) is $4,595. Total: 21 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+.

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