1910 E103 Williams Caramel Christy Mathewson

Sold For: $600

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 350

Item Year: 1910

Category: E Candy Cards

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E103 Williams Caramel of Christy Mathewson, one of the key cards of this very rare and classic 1910-era candy set. This is one of Mathewson's most striking cards, featuring a crisp portrait image of the New York Giants Hall of Famer. The E103 set is easily distinguished from other caramel sets of the era by the deep red background highlighting each player's portrait. As noted on each card along the lower margin, the Williams Candy Company was located in Oxford, Pennsylvania; this candy was very likely issued on a somewhat regional basis, which would account for the cards' great rarity. This example is graded PR-FR 1 by PSA, which is not surprising or uncommon considering that these cards were issued to children, one card per package of candy. This card offers a presentable appearance for the grade, with a bold, clear image and outstanding registration. Heavy creasing, small tears along the right edge, and paper loss on the reverse account for the assigned grade. This is one of Mathewson's most desirable and striking cards, providing a relatively affordable alternative to a far more expensive higher-grade example. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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