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Incredible Collection of Low-Grade 1910-era Candy and Tobacco Card Rarities (102)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $10,575

When scans of the cards from this collection arrived, we had to do a double-take. Card for card, this was the most unusual and incredible collection of 1910-era cards we had ever been presented with by a noncollector. It wasn't that the collection was in high grade. The cards were all low grade, in many cases poor condition. It wasn't that the collection was so valuable. The cards are certainly valuable, but they would literally be worth many times more if they were in better condition. What distinguishes this collection is the fact that such a large percentage of the cards in the collection are truly rare cards and Hall of Famers! The collection includes just one M116 Sporting Life. It is Honus Wagner. The Collection includes just four T207s. All are rare cards in the set. Included are four E104-1 Nadja Caramels including Eddie Collins. Newly found collections almost never have E104s! Included are forty-one E106 American Caramel cards. This is an extremely substantial group of one of the rarest of all 1910 caramel-card sets. One of the two T213-2 Coupon Cigarette cards happens to be "Black Sox" member Chick Gandil. Additional Hall of Famers from various sets (such as E93 and E98) include Cy Young, Honus Wagner, Eddie Plank, and many other Hall of Famers. The condition is rough, but this collection is literally packed with rarities and highlights!

Offered is an extremely interesting and diverse collection of 102 different low-grade candy and tobacco cards, all dating from the 1910 era, including representation from eleven different highly regarded issues, ranging in condition from Poor to Fair (with a few slightly better). Included are many Hall of Famers and scarce cards from some of the most desirable sets of the era, highlighted by five Honus Wagners, Ty Cobb, Cy Young, and two Christy Mathewsons. 1) 1909-1911 E90-1 American Caramel (9 cards): Clement, Groom, Heitmuller, Jordon, Lobert, Plank (HOF), Seigle, Stahl, and Wiltse. 2) 1909-1911 T206 White Borders (11 cards): Batch, Blackburne (Cycle), Brown/Chi. (HOF), Collins/Minn. (HOF), Dahlen/Bos., Downey/batting (Polar Bear), Hoffman/Providence (Polar Bear), Hulswitt (Polar Bear), McGinnity (HOF, most striking: the card has a orange background, as opposed to a bright red background, as is usually the case), Nichols/batting (Old Mill), and Wheat (HOF, Polar Bear). 3) 1909 E101 Anonymous "Set of 50" (1 card): Seigle. 4) 1910 E93 Standard Caramel (5 cards): Joss (HOF), Pastorious, Plank (HOF), Waddell (HOF), and Cy Young (HOF). 5) 1910 E96 Philadelphia Caramel (1 card): Karger. 6) 1910 E98 Anonymous "Set of 30" (23 cards, 17 different): two Kling, Honus Wagner (HOF), two Clarke (HOF), Chase, two Ford, Walsh (HOF), Mullin, Meyers, Vaughn, Dooin, Tenney, McLean, three Evers (HOF), Davis, Collins (HOF), Dahlen, and two Mack (HOF). 7) 1910 E104-1 Nadja Caramels (4 cards): Collins (HOF), Morgan, Oldring, and Thomas. All have blank backs. 8) 1911 M116 Sporting Life (1 card): Honus Wagner/pastel (HOF). 9) 1912 T207 Brown Background (4 cards): Donnelly, Herzog, Kuhn, and Ryan. All with "anonymous" backs. 10) 1914 T213-2 Coupon Cigarettes (2 cards): Gandil (Washington, "Black Sox" member) and Mitchell. 11) 1915 E106 American Caramel (41 cards, 32 different): Berry, Bender/white hat (HOF), Bender/striped hat (HOF), two Bescher, Bresnahan (HOF), Bridwell, Bush, two Chase/catching, Ty Cobb/facing side (HOF), two Collins (HOF), Demmit, Donovan, Dooin, Doolan, Doyle, Engle, two Evers (HOF), Fromme, Gibson/front view, Lobert, two Christy Mathewson (HOF), three McGraw (HOF), McQuillan, two Miller, Murphy, Schaefer, Speaker (HOF), Tinker/port. (HOF), Tinker/batting (HOF), two Honus Wagner/batting (HOF), Honus Wagner/throwing (HOF), and Wiltse. We've never seen any original collection quite like this very substantial representation of cards from eleven different classic and rare 1910-era issues. We have very much enjoyed cataloging it and we hope that we have done justice to it! Total 102 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $10,575

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