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1909-1911 E90-1 American Caramel Near-Complete Set (113 of 120): #2 PSA Registry!

Starting Bid - $10,000.00, Sold For - $22,325.00

Near-complete set (113 of 120) of E90-1 American Caramel, all graded and encapsulated by PSA. Included are virtually all of the numerous Hall of Famers, extremely rare cards, and variations that make this set one of the most challenging and difficult-to-complete of all caramel-card sets. Missing just three Hall of Famers and four commons for completion: Gibson (back view), Joe Jackson, Mitchell Cin., Sheckard, Tris Speaker, Honus Wagner (batting pose variety), and Cy Young (Cleveland team designation variety). The E90-1 American Caramel Company set has always been particularly challenging to collect in high grade because of its method of issue (one card per package of caramels), and has always been extremely difficult to complete in any grade due to the many rare cards in the set. This is the number two set on the PSA Registry and the 4th All Time Finest set ever assembled. (It is listed on the PSA Registry under "LCKards.") This is a very attractive near-set with many highlights and rarities, most in overall Good condition. The overall average grade is 2.08. The E90-1 set has long been considered by collectors to be the most significant of all early candy-card sets, just as the T206 White Border set is universally recognized as the most important and popular 1910-era tobacco-card set. As any advanced collector will confirm, an E90-1 set does not just pop up or put itself together in complete set form. This is a set that has to be assembled, and only a handful of collectors have ever completed the task. This near-complete set (missing only seven cards) has been very carefully assembled by an extremely dedicated collector over a period of years, and represents a tremendous collecting achievement. There is little doubt that the seven missing cards, with patience, can eventually be found. The PSA grading report is as follows: One EX 5: Chance (HOF). Twenty VG-EX 4: Bailey, Bescher, Bresnahan (HOF, MK), Demmitt, Dygert, Engle, Graham, Grant, Heitmuller (MK), Knight, Krause, Marquard (HOF), McInnes, McIntyre, Mitchell - NY, Pastorius, Summers (MK), Thomas - Phil., Wallace (HOF), and Wiltse. Twenty-Seven VG 3: Blankenship, Bliss, Bradley, Bransfield - P on shirt, Bransfield - no P on shirt, Bridwell, Camnitz (MK), Criger, Donlin, Dooin, Ellis, Gray, Hartzell - batting, Joss - port. (HOF, MK), Karger, Keeler - red (HOF), Lajoie (HOF), Lobert, Mullin, Overall, Schlitzer (MK), Seigle, Stahl, Stanage, Stovall, Tannehill - Chicago AL, and Willis (HOF). Thirty-Three GOOD 2: Baker (HOF), Bell, Brown - Bos., Bush, Butler, Chase (MK), Crawford (HOF), G. Davis (HOF), Dougherty, Gibson - front view, Groom, Hartzell - fielding, Howell - follow through, Howell - wind up, Isbell, Jennings (HOF), Jordon, Keeler - pink (HOF, MK), Leach - batting, Leever, Lumley, McQuillan, Miller, O'Leary, Richie, Shean, Stone - left hand, Stone - no hand, Tannehill - Chicago NL, Thomas - Bos., Tinker (HOF), Upp, and Wagner - throwing (HOF). Twenty-Nine PR-FR 1: Barry, Bemis, Bender (HOF), Brown - Chi. (HOF), Clarke - Phil. (HOF), Clarke - Pitt. (HOF), Clement, Cobb (HOF), E. Collins (HOF), Corridon, H. Davis, Donovan, Duffy (HOF), Fromme, Hall, Irwin (MC), Joss - pitching (HOF), Keeler - throwing (HOF), Leach - throwing, Mathewson (HOF), McLean, Oakes, O'Connor, Phelps, Plank (HOF), Schaefer, Sweeney - Bos., Tenney, and Unglaub. Three Authentic: Sweeney - NY, Walsh (HOF), and Young - Bos. (HOF). The consignor has invested a tremendous amount of time, energy, and effort in assembling this near-complete set. The new owner will have to fill in only seven cards to complete this E90-1 American Caramel set. Total 113 cards. Reserve $10,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $22,325.00

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