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1910 E79 Philadelphia Caramel Boxing Near-Complete PSA-Graded Set (19/21)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $711
Outstanding high-grade complete set (minus two) of E79 Philadelphia Caramel "Scrappers." All nineteen cards are graded and encapsulated by PSA. Missing only Jeanette and "Fist/Wrong Way" for completion. This colorful set features notable boxers, among them Abe Attell, Jim Jeffries, and Jack Johnson, in a variety of different fighting poses. Two cards (one of which is included here) illustrate the proper and improper way to make a clinched fighting fist. The PSA grades are as follows: One NM 7: Burns. Three EX-MT 6: Jefferies, Johnson/Burns, and Langford. Four EX 5: Fist/Right Way, Nelson/Marto, Rawlins, and M. Sullivan. Nine VG-EX 4: Attell, Fitzsimmons, Gans/Nelson, Hart, Johnson/Cole, Kaufman/Sullivan, Ketchell, O'Brien/Partner, and Sharkey. One VG 3: Corbett. One GOOD 2: Johnson. Each card reverse lists four primary boxing rules to be observed, a partial checklist of subjects, and an ad for Philadelphia Caramel Co. It is extremely rare to find such a high-grade collection of these early boxing caramel cards. Compared to baseball cards of the era, these early boxing cards, which are at least as scarce, represent a particularly outstanding value. Caramel cards, of course, tend to be far rarer than their tobacco-card counterparts. This set is universally regarded as one of the premier boxing sets of the era. The SMR value for just the eight cards graded EX or better (not including the additional eleven cards) is $730. Total: 19 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $711
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