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1910 E93 Standard Caramel Rube Waddell Blank-Back Color Variation with E97 C. A. Briggs Ghost Image on Reverse!
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,040
Presented is a fascinating, distinctive, and almost certainly unique blank-back printing anomaly of Hall of Famer Rube Waddell (St. Louis) from the E93 Standard Caramel set featuring an E97 C. A. Briggs Co. Amby McConnell (Boston) ghost image on the reverse. (An E97 McConnell graded POOR 10 by SGC accompanies for display alongside the prominent ghost image.) These two 1910-era caramel-card sets have always been closely associated as they share a very similar format, yet they are clearly two completely different sets, with two completely different issuers from two different locales (the Standard Caramel Company is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania; the C. A. Briggs Company is from Boston, Massachusetts) and the two sets feature completely different players (the lone exception being Cy Young, who appears in both sets, but even in this instance, they are really different players, as the E97 card identified as Cy Young is really Cy's brother Irving Young). In REA's Spring 2014 auction, we offered a unique "Rosetta Stone" card, which featured an E93 front and an E97 checklist back, and was of enormous significance as it proved that both sets, in addition to sharing the same general design, were printed in the same factory. The front of the card appeared exactly as one would expect on an E93 Standard Caramel card, but the reverse featured an upside-down E97 C. A. Briggs advertising checklist. Similarly, the offered card of Waddell has the E97 component (the very clearly defined ghost image of McConnell) printed upside down. This Waddell card appears to be neatly handcut (it is encapsulated as "Authentic" by SGC) and has avoided at least one stage of the color process, presenting with a bright blue background (instead of the normal green) and missing all of the interior coloring on Waddell's body and uniform. Collectors today have developed a greater appreciation for rare and unique printing oddities, and consider cards with just one of these characteristics (blank back, color variation, or additional reverse printing) extremely unusual and desirable. This card represents a remarkably important key to further understanding the relationship between these two caramel-card sets and would be a worthy addition to any prewar, Hall of Fame, or error-card collection. Total: 2 cards. SOLD FOR $2,040
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