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1909-1911 E90-1 American Caramel Near-Complete Set (107/120)
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $22,515
Presented is an exceptional collection of 107 different E90-1 American Caramel cards (out of 120 in the set). These cards have been in the possession of our consignor since the 1970s when they were purchased during one of the door-to-door antique-buying trips he went on with his father as a youngster. Though baseball cards were not the primary focus of these trips, they recognized the cards were old and interesting and likely of some value. Fortunately, they put them aside and have kept them ever since! This is a very substantial collection with many highlights and rarities. The E90-1 set has long been considered by collectors to be the most significant of all early candy-card sets, very much as T206 is the primary set of all 1910-era baseball tobacco cards. This near-complete set (107 of the 120 cards) represents a tremendous collecting achievement, and an extraordinary start toward the assembly of a complete set. Groups of E90-1s occasionally surface, but sets and near sets are rarely assembled or offered, primarily because there are so many very rare cards in this issue. This E90-1 collection includes the rare Mitchell, Cincinnati (sometimes referred to as the "Honus Wagner of E cards") as well as the rare cards of Keeler, Duffy, and Joss, among others. Condition is 38% Vg (including a few better), 21% Gd, and 41% Pr to Fr. Several of the lesser-graded cards in this collection display far better than suggested by their technically accurate grades but have been downgraded due to pencil on the reverse. We have selected six cards to be graded by SGC. Keys: Baker (HOF, Fr), Bender (HOF, Gd+), Bransfield/no 'P' (Fr), Bresnahan (HOF, Fr), Brown (HOF, slight trim, otherwise Gd), Chance (HOF, Vg+), Chase (Gd), Clarke/Phil. (HOF, Vg+), Cobb (HOF, VG+ 45), Collins (HOF, Vg), Crawford (HOF, Vg), G. Davis (HOF, miscut, otherwise Vg+), Donlin (Vg), Duffy (HOF, Vg+), Engle (Vg+), Fromme (Pr), Gibson/back view (Pr/Fr), Gibson/front view (Pr/Fr), Graham (Vg+), Hall (Vg), Jennings (HOF, Vg-Ex), Joss/port. (HOF, Pr/Fr), Karger (Gd+), Keeler/port. - red (HOF, Vg), Lajoie (HOF, Fr), Lobert (Gd), Marquard (HOF, possible slight trim, Pr/Fr), Mathewson (HOF, GOOD 30), McLean (Fr), Mitchell/Cinn. (Fr), Overall (Pr), Plank (HOF,Vg), Schlitzer (Vg), Shean (Gd), Speaker (HOF, Gd), Stahl (Gd+), Summers (Vg), Sweeney/Boston (Pr/Fr), Tinker (HOF, Vg-Ex), Wagner/batting (HOF, VG/EX+ 55), Wagner/throwing (HOF, VG 40), Walsh (HOF, Pr), Wallace (HOF, Pr), Willis (HOF, Vg), Young/Clev. (HOF, GOOD 30), and Young/Boston (HOF, GOOD 30). The set is missing only the following thirteen cards for completion: Clarke/Pitt (HOF), Corridon, Demmitt, Howell/wind-up, Jackson RC, Joss/pitching (HOF), Keeler/pink (HOF), Keeler/throwing (HOF), Leach/throwing, Lumley, Seigle, Stone/left, and Upp. This collection represents a full 89% of the entire set and is an ideal foundation for the building of a complete set, of which very few have ever been assembled. The equivalent SMR value for just the six graded cards (factoring in the two half grades at the lower whole-grade level and not accounting for the 101 ungraded cards, which include several rarities) is $6,050. Total: 107 cards.Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $22,515
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