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1911 E94 George Close Candy Partial Set (19/30) Including Five Hall of Famers
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,040
Extremely rare E94 George Close Candy partial set consisting of nineteen of the thirty cards in the set, highlighted by Hall of Famers Frank Chance, Sam Crawford, Johnny Evers, John McGraw, and Tris Speaker, as well as future "Black Sox" star Ed Cicotte. Each card is professionally graded and encapsualted (eleven SGC and eight PSA). The thirty-card E94 set was issued in 1911 by the George Close Co. of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Advanced collectors of "E" cards will immediately recognize the caramel-card set designated as "E94" as a thorn in their sides. While at a glance E94s may be easily confused with other caramel-card sets of the era (E93 and E98 specifically), they are an entirely different set, even though they use many of the same subjects and poses. Of the three previously mentioned sets, E94s are the most difficult. The set is comprised almost exclusively of Hall of Famers and stars. SGC Grading Composite: One GOOD 30: Magee (gold). Four FAIR 20: Davis (olive), Evers (blue, HOF), Grant (green), and Lobert (gold). Thirteen POOR 10: Bates (green), Byrne (red), Chance (blue, HOF), Cicotte (red), Crawford (PSA 1 [MK], purple, HOF), Devore (PSA 1 [MK], gold), Lake (PSA 1 [MK], red), Lord (PSA 1, green), McGraw (PSA 1, blue, HOF), Moore (PSA 1, blue), Murray (green), Speaker (PSA 1, olive, HOF), and Turner (green). One Authentic: Leach (PSA, gold). Caramel cards, which of course were issued with candy, one card per pack, tend to survive in lesser condition than their more common tobacco-card counterparts. The modest grades within this partial set offer an outstanding opportunity to acquire a relatively affordable foundation for the assembly and completion of this rare set. The SMR value for this partial set (factoring in the four half-grades at the lower whole-grade level and not including the three qualified cards) is $2,210. Total: 19 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $2,040
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