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1909-1911 E90-1 American Caramel Near-Complete SGC-Graded Set (100/120)
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $14,400
Presented is an extremely attractive high-quality near-complete set (100 of 120) of E90-1 American Caramel, one of the most popular and classic of all baseball-card sets. Each card has been graded and encapsulated by SGC. Included are fourteen Hall of Famers as well as several of the scarce cards and variations that make this set one of the most challenging and difficult-to-complete of all caramel-card sets. Missing twenty cards for completion; nineteen of these cards have been removed from this set and are offered elsewhere in the auction (only Joe Jackson is missing entirely). As any advanced collector will confirm, the E90-1 American Caramel Company set has always been extremely difficult to complete in any grade due to the many rare cards in the set, and particularly challenging to collect in high grade because of its method of issue (one card per package of caramels). This is a very attractive and carefully assembled near-complete set.
The SGC grading report is as follows: Three EX 60: Bransfield - "P" on shirt, Chase, and Dygert. Thirty VG/EX 50: Bailey, Bemis, Bradley, Bush, Butler, Camnitz, H. Davis, Demmitt, Donlin, Ellis, Engle, Gibson - front view, Graham, Groom, Hartzell - batting, Howell - follow thru, Miller, Mitchell - NY, Mullin, O'Connor, O'Leary, Pastorius, Phelps, Schlitzer, Sheckard, Stanage, Stone - left hand, Summers, Sweeney - NY, and Tannehill - Chicago AL. Forty-three VG 40: Bell, Bliss, Bransfield - no P on shirt, Bresnahan (HOF), Bridwell, Brown - Bos., Brown - Chi. (HOF), Clarke - Phil. (HOF), Clement, Corridon, Criger, G. Davis (HOF), Donovan, Dooin, Fromme, Grant, Hartzell - fielding, Heitmuller, Irwin, Jordon, Joss - pitching (HOF), Karger, Keeler - pink (HOF), Keeler - throwing (HOF), Knight, Krause, Leach - batting, Leever, Lobert, Lumley, McInnes, McIntyre, Schaefer, Seigle, Stone - no hands, Stovall, Tannehill - Chicago NL, Tenney, Thomas - Bos., Upp, Walsh (HOF), Willis (HOF), and Wiltse. Nineteen GOOD 30: Barry, Bescher, Blankenship, Clarke - Pitt. (HOF), Duffy (HOF), Gibson - back view, Hall, Howell - wind up, Leach - throwing, McLean, McQuillan, Oakes, Overall, Richie, Shean, Speaker (HOF), Stahl, Thomas - Phil., and Unglaub. Two FAIR 20: Isbell and Keeler - red (HOF). Two POOR 10: Dougherty and Wagner - throwing (HOF). One Authentic: Gray.
Just as the T206 White Border set is universally recognized as the most important and popular 1910-era tobacco-card set, the E90-1 American Caramel Company set has long been considered by collectors to be the most significant of all early candy-card sets, and certainly does not just pop up or put itself together in complete or near-complete set form. This near-complete set was very carefully assembled by an extremely dedicated collector over a period of many years, and represents a tremendous collecting achievement. This near-complete set features many condition highlights and boasts a tremendous potential break value. The equivalent SMR value for the assigned grades (not including the one "Authentic" card) is $17,060. Total: 100 cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+.
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