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

Sold For: $5,700

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 337

Item Year: 1910

Category: E Candy Cards

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Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. Presented is an extremely attractive mid-grade 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 vibrant red background, with a crisp image of Cobb, perfect centering (very subtle tilt to the image gives the appearance of being off-center but that is clearly not the case), and even wear to the corners. A very light crease (to the right of Cobb’s waist) and a tiny spot of paper loss (on his chest) account for the assigned grade. The reverse is clean and boldly printed. This card has outstanding eye appeal! 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 an exceptionally strong E98 example of the legendary Ty Cobb, one of the key cards from this rare and desirable early twentieth-century candy issue. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+.

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