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1909 E97 C. A. Briggs Co. Willie Keeler
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,200
Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. Very attractive example of Hall of Famer Willie Keeler from this extremely rare candy issue. Only three examples grade higher by PSA. This 30-card set was issued in 1909-1910 by the C. A. Briggs Co. This set is closely related to several other candy sets from the era which share the same format and, in many cases, the same player image. The cards are very similar in design to their E93 counterparts and can most easily be distinguished by the attractive brown-printed checklist of the complete set and the advertisement for "C. A. Briggs Co., Lozenge Makers, Boston, Mass." along the bottom on the reverse of each card. As is the case with most 1910-era tobacco and “E” card issues, E97 C. A. Briggs Company cards each measure approximately 1.5 x 2.75 inches. This is a particularly desirable caramel card of Keeler as he appears in very few "E" card sets. The offered card has a brilliant image, virtually flawless registration, with centering just a hint to the bottom and very light wear on the corners. A small crease in the lower left corner is responsible for the VG-EX assigned grade. The back is bright and clean, with bold brown text and faint wrinkling along the top border. This is a very attractive and rarely offered card of the legendary "Wee Willie" Keeler from the very scarce E97 Briggs Co. set. SOLD FOR $1,200
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