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Lot # 269 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Incredible "E" Card Error: 1910 E93 Standard Caramel Red Dooin with E97 C. A. Briggs Back!

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,659

If anyone thought the E93 Standard Caramel and E97 C. A. Briggs caramel sets were not closely related, despite having advertising for different companies on their reverses. . . this "Rosetta Stone" card proves otherwise! Presented is a fascinating, unusual, and almost certainly unique example of Red Dooin from the E93 Standard Caramel set featuring an E97 C. A. Briggs Co. reverse. These two 1910-era caramel-card sets have always been closely associated as they share a very similar format, yet they are clearly two completely different sets, with two completely different issuers from two different locales (The Standard Caramel Company is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania; the C. A. Briggs Company is from Boston, Massachusetts) and the two sets feature completely different players (the lone exception being Cy Young who appears in both sets, but even in this instance, they are really different players, as the E97 card identified as Cy Young is really Cy's brother Irving Young). This card is of enormous significance as it proves that both sets, in addition to sharing the same general design, were printed in the same factory. The front of the card appears exactly as one would expect on an E93 Standard Caramel card, but the reverse features an upside-down E97 C. A. Briggs advertising checklist. The card displays a natural factory cut and has been graded and encapsulated POOR 10 by SGC (bright colors, two heavy creases, and even rounding to the corners). Originating from a newly discovered old-time collection, this card was obviously part of a final-production sheet that was accidentally printed with the wrong backs (upside-down, no less, a fact that no doubt relates to how this error occurred in the press room). One-hundred plus years after its printing, its discovery represents a remarkably important key to understanding the relationship between these two caramel-card sets and would be a worthy addition to any prewar or error-card collection. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,659

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