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1910 E93 Standard Caramel Uncut Sheet (18 cards)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $3,525.00

Presented is an extremely rare and fascinating uncut sheet of eighteen E93 Standard Caramel cards, including ten Hall of Famers. It is almost unheard of for any uncut sheet of baseball cards to survive from the 1910 era. This is a very rare exception, and is one of approximately only a dozen sheets in total from this era, from several different card issues, that we have ever seen or heard of. E93s are one of the most popular of all the 1910-era "E" candy card issues. The 30-card set was issued in 1910 by the Standard Caramel Co. of Lancaster, PA. This uncut sheet, comprised of eighteen cards, includes the following Hall of Famers: Bender, Chance, Clarke, Evers, Jennings, Joss, Lajoie, Mathewson, Plank, and Waddell, plus eight additional stars. In 2006 a small group comprised of approximately five partial-set sheets of E93s surfaced. The offered sheet is one of those few recently discovered sheets. Of special note is the fact that in years past we have handled two 30-card uncut sheets of E93 Standard Caramel cards, each featuring a complete set. Also of note is the fact that for decades many examples of cards from this set have been known to exist with an apparent hand-cut, which also is extremely unusual for cards of this era. These two factors suggest to us the possibility that perhaps these cards were somehow made available in sheet form to youngsters in a formal manner, as opposed to just a few sheets by chance surviving, somehow originating directly from someone involved with the printing of the set. Anything is possible and the answer may never be known. The fact that this sheet is blank-backed should also be taken into account, and makes us lean toward thinking that the survival of this sheet is relates somehow to the printer, but it's also hard for us to believe this is a coincidence. What is certain is that only a few uncut sheets of E93s survive in complete or partial form, including the offered example, and these few sheets represent an extremely unusual and extraordinary form for these cards, and a virtually unique opportunity for collectors. It is difficult to approach a sheet of this vintage and extreme rarity in the same manner as a single card. The sheet displays beautifully and is in approximately Good condition overall, with numerous small flaws including several creases, imperfections along the edges (where the partial sheet was cut from a larger sheet), a small strip of paper loss along the top edge, and a few ink marks on the blank reverse. It is also very interesting to see that the market appears to value sheets such this at a significant discount to the individual cards on it. A complete high-grade set of E93s (admittedly the finest set in existence) sold at auction in 2006 for approximately $300,000, and the individual values of the cards on this sheet in any condition would be very substantial. There is consensus on the value of an uncut sheet of E93s, in part because each of the few examples is different in terms of condition or number of cards. Common sense tells us that an uncut sheet should be worth at least the sum of its parts; however, our experience has been that sometimes vintage sheets actually sell for a discount compared to the total value of the individual cards on the sheet. We believe this is because when three or four extremely rare uncut sheets from a series surface, collectors are concerned that it is the tip of the iceberg of a large find, and are nervous about the value being dramatically affected. Consequently, when even just a few newly-discovered sheet examples surface, they tend to be extremely reasonably valued by collectors compared with the value of the cards on the sheets, often selling for a discount as opposed to a premium, and creating a very interesting collecting opportunity. There has been no big find of E94 sheets, just a very small find of a few partial sheets, of which this is one. This uncut sheet of E93 Standard Caramel, one of the most colorful and popular of all "E" card issues, is a rare and almost unique display piece, representing a potentially extraordinary value. Dimensions: 9.25 x 8.5 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $3,525.00

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