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1910 E96 Philadelphia Caramel SGC-Graded Complete Set (30)
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $6,518
Complete thirty-card set of E96 Philadelphia Caramel, entirely graded and encapsulated by SGC (all submitted by REA). While many caramel companies were satisfied with producing only a single set, Philadelphia Caramel followed up its twenty-five card 1909 entry with another thirty cards in 1910. The fact that the E96 card set was issued at all suggests that the E95 set had been a marketing success. The Philadelphia Caramel Company obviously made a conscious decision not to duplicate any players in its two card issues. Unfortunately, for collectors, they had already used most of the game's biggest names in the first set, but were able to muster up an additional eight Hall of Famers for this set, including Connie Mack in one of his few card appearances. The cards are very similar in design to their E95 counterparts and can most easily be distinguished by the attractive red-printed checklist of the complete set on the reverse of each card. This is only the third complete set of E96 Philadelphia Caramel that we can recall ever offering. SGC Grading Composite: Four EX 60: Arrelanes, Delehanty, Gibson, and Herzog. Five VG/EX+ 55: Adams, Brown (HOF), Kling, Konetchy, and Rucker. Three VG/EX 50: Davis, Pfeister, and Rossman. Six VG 40: Baker (HOF), Lajoie (HOF), Marquard (HOF), Meyers, Spencer, and Tinker (HOF). Three GOOD+ 35: Ames, Donovan, and Murray. Two GOOD 30: Mack (HOF) and Thomas. Five FAIR 20: Clarke (HOF, identified as Clark on the card), Dooin, Jennings (HOF), Karger, and McQuillan. Two POOR 10: Mowrey and Mullin. Almost all of the modestly graded cards have a far better appearance than suggested by the technically accurate SGC-assigned grades, which are generally the result of minor faults on the reverse. This is an extremely attractive and rarely seen complete set of E96 Philadelphia Caramel, one of the most popular and colorful of all "E" card issues, and with an overall appearance (including many of the higher-grade cards) much better than suggested by the technically accurate SGC-assigned grades. The equivalent SMR value in the assigned grades (factoring in the thirteen half grades at the lower whole-grade level) is $7,365. This set has been consigned directly from the family of pioneer legendary collector Paul Pollard. Total: 30 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $6,518
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