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Lot # 210 (of 1411)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Unique Newly Discovered 1910 E90-3 American Caramel Solly Hofman (Hofnlan)-Name Misspelled

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $3,190.00

Graded GOOD 30 by SGC. Presented is an extremely rare, possibly unique, newly discovered addition to the E90-3 American Caramel set, featuring a portrait of Solly Hofman with his name misspelled "Hofnlan." It is very rare for a new addition to any significant set to be made at such a late date, but this is such a case. At a glance, the misspelling on this card appears to be in the same spirit as the T206 Magie error card, with the wrong letters used in the identification caption. Close examination suggests that the cause for this unusual spelling error may very well relate to a printing plate problem, that somehow the "m" in "Hofman" broke in a manner such that the broken piece swung up perfectly to make the "m" look like a perfect "nl". With the naked eye, the name appears to read "Hofnlan." Technically this card is not a typographical variation, but this card is a true variation, printed in exactly this manner. "Hofnlan" will be formally added to the checklist of the E90-3 American Caramel Card set in the 2007 edition of The Standard Catalog. This is the only known example of this fascinating card, which was discovered by its owner in a small collection of caramel cards five years ago, when he purchased the collection from the family of the original owner. A card such as this is very difficult to value. It is likely unique, so its rarity, of course, is many times that of the T206 Magie, yet we also recognize that T206 is the most popular and widely collected set of the era. Fortunately, the owner is happy to let this card sell for whatever the market will bear. It has been exciting for him and for us to document and present this important new checklist discovery. We do not believe we will ever see another example. In a world where so few cards from widely known standard sets, especially those from the 1910 era, really fall into the category of being unique (or even almost unique), this is a very rare (and perhaps unique) exception. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,190.00

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