1910 E103 Williams Caramel Nap Lajoie PSA EX 5

Sold For: $2,280

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 349

Item Year: 1910

Category: E Candy Cards

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Graded EX 5 by PSA. One of two examples graded at this level by PSA with just one higher. Exceptional high-grade example of Hall of Famer Nap Lajoie from this very rare and classic 1910-era candy set. The E103 Williams Caramel set is easily distinguished from other caramel sets of the era by the bright red background highlighting each player's portrait. As noted on each card along the lower margin, the Williams Candy Company was located in Oxford, Pa., and this candy was very likely issued on a somewhat regional basis. This fact almost certainly accounts for their great rarity. When they are found, they usually have serious condition problems, which is not surprising considering that these cards were issued to children, one card per package of candy. A grade of EX may not sound impressive, but it is extraordinary for an E103! The offered example is crisp and clean, with a flawless image, deep red background, light wear to the four corners, a bit of chipping to the right edge, and centered slightly to the bottom left. Clean blank reverse. This would be a tremendous high-grade example for any E103, let alone a key Hall of Famer like Nap Lajoie. This is a sensational high-grade example of one of Lajoie's most desirable and striking cards, a worthy and significant addition to any advanced Hall of Fame or prewar-card collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+.

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