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Newly Discovered 1909-1911 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, and Much More!

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $35,250

Presented is an extraordinary newly discovered original collection of over 400 cards from four different classic baseball (64 cards; mostly E90-1 candy cards, includes some issued by tobacco), non-baseball (111 cards), and nonsport tobacco issues (236 cards) from the 1910-era. Each card has been neatly glued onto the pages of a seventy-page children's composition book by the original-owner of the collection. The book has remained in the family of the original-owner for the past one hundred years! When we were first contacted by phone about this extremely substantial collection, we had no way of knowing how special the book was and had the owner go through the pages describing its contents. As the consignor opened the book to tell us about the cards, frankly, it did not start out too well. He began by describing all the 1910-era nonsport cards featuring lighthouses and fish and animals, which are interesting but tend to be very modest in value. Page by page, cards were described. After enduring descriptions of cards basically featuring wildlife from the whole world, a ballplayer appeared. It was a bit of a false alarm. The album held five common T206s in rough shape worth maybe $100. Two more ballplayer cards issued by Ramly Tobacco followed, giving some more hope, but the next twenty-four pages had only the most common and modest value 1910-era cards. The whole collection at this point was looking like it might be worth a few hundred dollars. Finally, coming to the end of the album, nestled between a group of very unpopular track stars and an extremely unexciting collection of fish cards, the owner found a pocket of four pages of baseball cards and began listing the names. From his description, it appeared to be a group of E90-1 American Caramel cards. Chief Bender. Home Run Baker. Addie Joss. Wee Willie Keeler. Fred Clarke. Even a nice Ty Cobb. Things were looking up. And then he listed “Jackson.” We stopped the potential consignor and had him describe it. Twice. It was an E90-1 Joe Jackson rookie card! We told him we thought he just hit the jackpot. He drove the album from Baltimore to our New Jersey office the next morning. When we turned the pages, the cards were better than we could have hoped.

The E90-1 American Caramel cards are in the best condition of all the cards included in this album. The fronts are extremely bright with strong colors. The Joe Jackson rookie card, in particular, is one of the finest high-grade examples we have ever seen. This card and the 44 additional E90-1 American Caramel cards (as well as the balance of other cards in the album) have not seen the light of day since 1910! All but a handful of the cards in this collection (twenty-two to be exact: two T206, one T218, and nineteen nonsport cards) are mounted in the composition book (and presumably could be removed by a professional if desired). In addition to Joe Jackson, there are several of other extremely significant cards in the collection, including many Hall of Famers. The most important and valuable additional E90-1 cards included in the collection are Hall of Famers Ty Cobb, Addie Joss, and Willie Keeler (2 cards).

In the following listing, we have attempted to provide grades for the fronts only for the baseball cards in the collection and have not downgraded for the slightest hint of surface glue residue on some cards from mounting. The collection consists of the following: Baseball (64 cards): 1) 1909-1911 E90-1 American Caramel (45 cards): Baker (HOF; Gd), Bell (Vg-Ex), Bender (HOF, Vg, tiny surface chip), Bliss (Ex), Bradley (Gd), two Bransfield (no "P" on shirt, Ex and Vg-Ex), Bridwell (Ex), B. Brown (Gd), M. Brown (HOF, Vg-Ex), Camnitz (Vg-Ex), Chance (HOF, Vg/Vg-Ex), Chase (Vg-Ex/Ex), Clarke (HOF, Phila., Ex), Ty Cobb (HOF, Gd), Collins (HOF, Vg-Ex), Crawford (HOF, Ex), G. Davis (HOF, Ex), Demmitt (Fr), Dygert (Vg-Ex, tiny crease), Grant (Vg-Ex), Hall (Ex), Heitmuller (Ex), Howell (follow-through, Vg-Ex), Joe Jackson (bright and crisp, with almost perfect centering, four square corners, and a few very minor surface creases, otherwise Excellent; this is just a great-looking card that is technically approximately Vg-Ex but with a superior overall appearance), Jordon (Ex), Joss (HOF, rare pitching pose, Gd-Vg), Keeler (HOF, pink background, Vg-Ex), Keeler (HOF, rare throwing pose, Vg), Leach (batting, Ex), Leever (Vg-Ex), Lumley (Ex), McIntyre (Ex), McQuillan (Vg-Ex), Mullin (Ex), Oakes (Gd-Vg), O'Leary (Vg-Ex), Schaefer (Vg), Summers (Ex), Sweeney (NY, Gd), Tannehill (Chicago NL, Gd), Thomas (Phila., Gd-Vg), Unglaub (Vg-Ex/Ex), Upp (Vg), and Willis (HOF, Vg-Ex). 2) 1909 T204 Ramly (2 cards): Dineen and Sweeney (both Vg). 3) 1909-1911 T206 White Border (5 cards): Byrne, Campbell, Casey, Hallman, and Hoffman (all fair). 4) 1909-1911 E254 Colgan's Chips (12 cards; 8 Ex including Tinker, 3 Gd, 1 Pr): Abstein (Pitt.), Ames, Demmitt (NY), Hartsel, two Hummel, T. Jones, McIntyre (Det.), Mitchell, Schulte, Sullivan (Louisville), and Tinker (HOF) Other Sports (111 cards): T218 Champion Athlete and Prize Fighter Series (95 cards): Includes 46 of the 66 boxers in the series plus 49 track & field subjects. Keys: Joe Gans, Joe Jeannette, two James Jeffries, Jack Johnson, Stanley Ketchell, and Sam Langford. 6) T225 Khedivial Boxers (16 cards): Attell, Barry, Coulon, Goodman, Hart, Jeanette, Jeffries, Lewis, McFarland, Murphy, Nelson, O'Leary, Papke, Rothwell, Sharkey, and M. Sullivan. Nonsport (236 cards plus 19 cigar bands): 7) T29 Animals (80 cards); 8) T30 Arctic Scenes (22 cards); 9) T58 Fish Series (18 cards); 10) T107 State Seals and National Coats of Arms (92 cards); and 11) T118 The World's Greatest Explorers (24 cards). Without reference to the mounting, the cards range in condition from Pr to Ex (averaging Gd). Images of all baseball cards and many others appear online.

This is an extraordinary collection preserved and presented in its original form, untouched, exactly as it was collected and saved one hundred years ago! Although the cards are mounted on album pages (we are confident that they could be removed by a professional conservator if desired), they tell a story and in many ways are more meaningful exactly as is. This book is a time-capsule! It is a window to the world of card collecting in the 1910 era. This is a fascinating and very unusual collection of 1910-era candy and tobacco cards, mostly in low-to mid-grade but still with many condition highlights, especially among the sixty-four baseball subjects, and including a remarkably bright and crisp 1909 E90-1 Joe Jackson rookie card. Total: 411 cards plus 19 cigar bands. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $35,250

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