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1910 E271 Darby Chocolates New Discovery: Full Box with Evers and Speaker!

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $8,813

In 1910 Darby Chocolates of Baltimore issued this striking and extraordinarily rare package-design set, with two cards featured on each box of Darby Chocolates (one on the front, and one on the back). Today fewer than fifty Darby Chocolates cards in total are known to exist. Prior to the recent discovery of the offered example, this count included only five full Darby Chocolates boxes (each of which has two cards). This newly discovered box is just the sixth full box known to exist. The box was found by our consignor, a noncollector, when he was cleaning out a farmhouse in 1975. Even though he was not a collector of baseball cards, he thought the box was neat and saved it from being thrown out. He’s had it ever since. Fortunately he never lost it, even after a few moves over the past thirty-five years. When he decided to offer it on eBay, he was deluged with dozens of emails all requesting the same thing: that he end the auction early and sell it privately. After doing a little research, he decided to end the auction (which had not even received the opening bid of 99 cents!) and consign it to REA.

The box is complete with all flaps. It is not assembled (the glue holding the box together on one side has not held) and has been flattened (creasing the side flaps) but could easily be reassembled into box form if desired. Technically the box is in low grade, with various flaws. The imperfections are relatively minor on the side with Evers, and much more serious on the side with Speaker. If the Evers card were cut out as intended, it would have an impressive overall Very Good appearance. While the Evers side is in much higher grade, it does still have various mostly minor flaws. The Speaker side has surface abrasions, general surface wear, and soiling. If we had to grade each card individually by PSA standards, they would not fare particularly well (perhaps Evers would be Good; Speaker would be PR) but despite the flaws, the integrity of both cards and the box as a whole remain intact. Darby Chocolates have always been among the most elusive of all 1910-era baseball-card rarities. This is an exciting find, as an example of one of the rarest of all early baseball package-design boxes, and as a newly discovered complete Darby Chocolates box featuring two Hall of Famers. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $8,813

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