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1909-1910 E97 C. A. Briggs Co. Complete Set (30) Plus Two Variations
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $7,110
Extremely rare 1909-1910 complete 30-card set of E97 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. The offered set also includes two of the five spelling and team variations (Nichols/Phila. and Sullivan/Boston) which comprise a master set (for a total of 32 cards). The Devore card appears to be an unchecklisted variation (which we have seen before) that is printed without periods after the "N'" and "Y" of "N.Y." in the team-identification at the bottom of the card. We selected the three Hall of Famers to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. The grades are as follows: Kelley (identified as Kelly on the card, GOOD 30), Keeler (GOOD+ 35), and Young/Boston (VG 40). The balance of the grades are four Vg, fourteen Fr to Gd, and eleven Pr (including a few with a slight trim). It is almost miraculous that this set was assembled at all, as it was put together decades ago in the early days of the organized hobby, when putting together an E97 set was even more difficult than it is today (which is pretty difficult). This is a very pleasing low- to mid-grade set. The cards are bright and crisp with various technical faults, such as writing on the reverse or light creasing, that are responsible for the modest assigned grades. Almost never offered in set form, this is only the third complete set of E97 C. A. Briggs we have ever presented. Because they were issued with candy to kids, one card per package, caramel cards in general tend to survive in far lesser condition than their more common tobacco-card counterparts. This is an attractive complete set (plus two rare variations) of E97 Briggs Co., one of the most popular, elusive, and colorful of all “E” card issues. Consigned directly from the family of legendary pioneer collector Paul Pollard. Total: 32 cards (complete set of 30 cards plus two variations). Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $7,110
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