1910 E98 Anonymous "Set of 30" "Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance" Candy-Card Collection (3)

Sold For: $480

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 341

Item Year: 1910

Category: E Candy Cards

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Presented is a collection of Hall of Famers from the E98 “Set of 30” candy-card series composed of the three members of the Chicago Cubs' legendary infield: Tinker, Evers, and Chance. Each card is 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. This collection consists of the following: Frank Chance (GOOD 30), Johnny Evers (FAIR 20), and Joe Tinker (GOOD 30). 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 three relatively affordable examples of key Hall of Famers from this extremely desirable early twentieth-century candy issue. Total: 3 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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