1909-1910 E97 C. A. Briggs Co. SGC-Graded Collection (12) Including Cy Young Cleveland

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Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 314

Item Year: 1909

Category: E Candy Cards

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Collection of E97 C. A. Briggs Co. consists of twelve of the thirty cards in the set. Each card has been graded and encapsulated by SGC (except for three PSA as noted). We have always found the E97 set to be very difficult to find compared to many other "E" card sets. This 30-card set was issued in 1909-1910 by the C. A. Briggs Co., Lozenge Makers of Boston, Mass. This set is closely related to several other candy sets from the era, which share the same format, and, in many cases, the same player image. The cards are very similar in design to their E93 counterparts and can most easily be distinguished by the attractive brown-printed checklist of the complete set and the advertisement for "C. A. Briggs Co., Lozenge Makers, Boston, Mass." along the bottom on the reverse of each card. As is the case with most 1910-era tobacco and “E” card issues, E97 C. A. Briggs Company cards each measure approximately 1.5 x 2.75 inches. SGC Grading Composite: One EX 60: Durham. Two PSA VG 3: Kleinow and McIntyre. Four GOOD 30: Birmingham, Meyers, Mullin, and Nichols (Nicholls, Cleveland, PSA GOOD 2 [MK], ink stamp "AGU" on back). Three FAIR 20: Austin, Heinchman, and Kroh. One POOR 10: Moore. One Authentic: Young (Cleveland; Irv Young is identified as Cy Young on this card). The cards in this set are in very pleasing but circulated condition. This is typical for caramel cards in general, which of course were issued with candy, one card per pack, and which tend to survive in lesser condition than their more common tobacco-card counterparts. This is a very rarely offered partial set of E97 Briggs Co., one of the most popular, elusive, and colorful of all “E” card issues, that could serve as the foundation for the assembly of a solid mid-grade set. Total: 12 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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