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Lot # 270 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1909 E101 Anonymous "Set of 50" Near-Complete Set (45/50)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,444

Extremely attractive and very rarely seen near-complete set of E101 Anonymous “Set of 50” cards comprised of forty-five of the fifty cards in the set and highlighted by eleven Hall of Famers, including Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner (throwing pose), and Cy Young. Missing only the following five cards for completion: Bender/striped hat, Cobb, Dougherty, Tinker, and Wagner (batting pose). The manufacturer of this 50-card set is unknown. The fronts are identical in design to the E92 related issues. As is the case with most 1910-era tobacco and “E” card issues, E101 cards each measure approximately 1.5 x 2.75 inches. We have selected ten Hall of Famers to be graded by SGC. SGC Grading Composite: One VG+ 45: Young. Two VG 40: Chance and Crawford. One GOOD+ 35: Collins. Three FAIR 20: Evers, Lajoie, and Mathewson. One POOR 10: Bender/white hat. Two Authentic: Jennings and Wagner/throwing. Balance (35 cards): The remaining thirty-five cards grade as follows: eleven Vg, ten Fr, and fourteen Pr (including McGraw and a few trimmed/factory small). This is a very attractive mixed-grade near-complete set with most cards appearing better than their technically accurate assigned grades (small pencil notations or ink stamping on the reverse are responsible for the downgrades on six cards, for example). Caramel cards, because they were issued with candy, one card per package, did not easily escape damage or hold up well to wear over the years. The largest collection of E101s that we have ever offered, this is an extraordinary near-complete set of one of the most popular, elusive, and colorful of all “E” card issues. This near-set has been consigned directly from the family of legendary pioneer collector Paul Pollard. Total: 45 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $4,444

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