1910 E98 Anonymous "Set of 30" Honus Wagner - Blue Background

Sold For: $1,440

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 327

Item Year: 1910

Category: E Candy Cards

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Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Exceptionally attractive example of Hall of Famer Honus Wagner from the E98 “Set of 30” candy-card issue featuring a very scarce and desirable blue background. 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 increased the demand as more collectors have become familiar with the set. The offered card is bright and crisp, with virtually perfect centering, even wear to the corners, and a crisp blue background. The reverse is clean, with a few tiny areas of paper loss (likely from scrapbook removal). 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. This is a superb example of key Hall of Famer Honus Wagner from this extremely desirable early twentieth-century candy issue.  
Reserve $400. Estimate $1,000+.

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