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1909 E95 Philadelphia Caramel PSA- and SGC-Graded Near-Complete Set (20/25)
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $6,000
Outstanding high-grade near-complete set of E95 Philadelphia Caramel consisting of twenty of the twenty-five cards in the set, including Hall of Famers Chief Bender, Frank Chance, Eddie Collins, Sam Crawford, and Johnny Evers. Missing only Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Eddie Plank, Honus Wagner, and Vic Willis for completion (all of which have been separated due to value and are offered individually in this auction). This set was carefully assembled over a period of years with a focus on condition and overall eye-appeal. Each card is professionally graded and encapsulated by PSA (eleven) or SGC (nine). PSA Grading Composite: One EX-MT 6: Reulbach (highest graded). Three EX 5: Cicotte ("Black Sox"), Krause, and Merkle. Seven VG-EX 4: Bender (HOF), Chance (HOF), Collins (HOF), Doyle, Leach, Lord, and Wiltse. SGC Grading Composite: One EX/NM 80: Crawford (HOF). One EX+ 70: Morgan. Six EX 60: Devlin (Nagy Collection), Evers (HOF), Hoffman, Maddox, McIntyre, and Willetts. One VG/EX 50: Carrigan. This 25-card set was issued in 1909 by the Philadelphia Caramel Co. of Camden, New Jersey. The E95 set was almost certainly inspired by the great success that tobacco companies were having with their cards. This set is of special significance in that the E95 artwork was not reissued by other manufacturers, a practice that was so widespread with other “E” card issues. The designs used in E95 are unique to the set. These cards have a very distinctive look to them and the artwork is definitely a cut above that of their rivals of the time. Due to the thin stock on which they are printed, E95 Philadelphia Caramel cards are rarely found in such high grade. This is a particularly noteworthy high-quality group that represents a very substantial percentage of a complete set of one of the era's most distinctive and popular issues. The total SMR value for the assigned grades is $8,585. Total: 20 cards. SOLD FOR $6,000
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