Presented is a very attractive low-grade collection of eleven Hall of Famers from the E98 “Set of 30” candy-card issue, each graded and encapsulated by SGC. The manufacturer of E98 is unknown, and the set may be easily confused with other caramel-card sets of the era (E93 and E94 specifically); this is an entirely different set even though it uses many of the same subjects and poses. For many years, E98s were among the scarcest of the 1910-era caramel cards, but the recent “Black Swamp Find” has changed the population dramatically. E98s have always been very desirable, and their increased availability and noteworthiness due to the find may have actually increased the demand as more collectors have become familiar with the set. E98s are found with four different background colors: blue, green, orange, and red. All four colors are represented in this lot. This collection consists of the following (color backgrounds are noted in parenthesis): Two VG 40:
Brown (orange) and Clarke (blue). Three GOOD 30:
Evers (blue), McGraw (red), and Walsh (red). Two FAIR 20:
Bender (green) and Young (red). Four POOR 10:
Bresnahan (red), Chance (orange), Collins (green), and Tinker (orange). Caramel cards in general are much rarer than tobacco cards of the era. Because they were issued with caramels one card per package and sold to children (as opposed to being sold to adults with tobacco), they also tend to survive in a much lower grade. These are eleven relatively affordable examples of Hall of Famers from this extremely desirable early twentieth-century candy issue. The equivalent SMR value in the assigned grades is $2,355 (factoring in the half-grades at the lower full-grade level). Total: 11 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.
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