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Lot # 261 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1909 E92 Croft's Candy and Croft's Cocoa Collection (9) Including Three Hall of Famers

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,541

Collection of nine different cards from the 1909 E92 Croft's Candy and Croft's Cocoa sets, highlighted by Hall of Famers Chief Bender, Eddie Collins, and Johnny Evers, and two rare blue Croft's Candy backs. Each of these cards has advertising for products issued by the Croft & Allen Co. of Philadelphia on the reverse, featuring either a Croft's Candy or a Croft's Swiss Milk Cocoa back (along with an illustration of the Croft's Swiss Milk Cocoa package design). The same player designs were also issued with advertising on the reverse for Nadja Caramels and John H. Dockman & Sons "Base Ball Gum." All are catalogued together as "E92." Both varieties of Croft's cards were probably handed out as advertising items to promote Croft & Allen's candy and cocoa products. The back of the cocoa cards features the message "Served Hot at our fountain 11 South 15th St. Montague & Co. Philadelphia, Pa." The fact that the advertisement refers to a specific Philadelphia location suggests a very regional distribution, and this no doubt accounts for their rarity. We selected the three Hall of Famers to be graded by SGC. This collection consists of the following: Barry (Croft's Cocoa, Fr), Bender/striped cap (HOF, Croft's Candy, black back, SGC Authentic, 1/16-inch small side-to-side), Collins (HOF, Croft's Candy, black back, SGC POOR 10), Dooin (Croft's Candy, blue back, Gd), Evers (HOF, Croft's Cocoa, SGC GOOD 30), Jacklitsch (Croft's Candy, black back, Gd), Knabe (Croft's Candy, blue back, Pr), Knight (Croft's Candy, black back, Pr), and Miller (Croft's Cocoa, 1/8-inch small side-to-side). Consigned directly from the family of legendary pioneer collector Paul Pollard. Total: 9 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,541

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