1910 E98 Anonymous "Set of 30" Ty Cobb - Green Background

Sold For: $1,440

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 332

Item Year: 1910

Category: E Candy Cards

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Very presentable example of Hall of Famer Ty Cobb from the E98 “Set of 30” candy-card issue. 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. The offered card features a bold green background, with a crisp image of Cobb and near-perfect centering. Graded FAIR 20 by SGC, this card also displays chips of paper loss on the edges, a horizontal crease, rounded corners, and several small spots of paper loss on the reverse. 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 presentable low-grade example of key Hall of Famer Ty Cobb from this extremely desirable early twentieth-century candy issue. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+.

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