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1911 E94 George Close Candy Collection (9) Including Cobb

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,938

Collection of nine different E94 George Close Candy cards including four Hall of Famers, highlighted by Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker. These cards are part of a small 1910-era original-owner collection which also included ten D304 bakery cards offered separately in this auction. This 30-card set was issued in 1911 by the George Close Co. of Cambridge, Mass. Advanced collectors of "E" cards will immediately recognize the caramel-card set designated as "E94" as a thorn in their sides. While at a glance E94s may be easily confused with other caramel-card sets of the era (E93 and E98 specifically), they are an entirely different set, even though they use many of the same subjects and poses. Of the three previously mentioned sets, E94s are the most elusive. While the majority of the E94 cards do not have any sort of advertisement on the back, this caramel-card set is usually associated with the George Close Co. of Cambridge, Mass., because some have been found with overprints that make reference to this company. This is a low-grade collection, with condition ranging from Poor to Fair. We have selected all four Hall of Famers to be graded by SGC. The collection consists of the following: Austin (Pr), Byrne (Pr), Ty Cobb (POOR 10), Sam Crawford (FAIR 20), Devlin (Pr), Devore (Pr), Dougherty (Pr), Hughie Jennings (POOR 10), and Tris Speaker (FAIR 20). All the cards have the date (Jan 28, 1936) rubber-stamped on the back. This small collection has an strong concentration of key Hall of Famers and represents a substantial and relatively affordable start to collecting one of the era's most popular sets. The equivalent SMR value for just the four graded Hall of Famers (not including the five common cards) is $2,045. Total: 9 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,938

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