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1910 E103 Williams Caramel Christy Mathewson

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,300

Graded VG 40 by SGC. One of three examples at this level with only one graded higher by SGC. E103 Williams Caramel of Christy Mathewson, one of the key cards of this very rare and classic 1910-era candy set. This is one of Mathewson's most striking cards, featuring a crisp portrait image of the New York Giants Hall of Famer. The E103 set is easily distinguished from other caramel sets of the era by the deep red background highlighting each player's portrait. As noted on each card along the lower margin, the Williams Candy Company was located in Oxford, Pennsylvania; this candy was very likely issued on a somewhat regional basis, which would account for the cards' great rarity. When they are found, they usually have serious condition problems, which is not surprising considering that these cards were issued to children, one card per package of candy. This is one of the finest examples known of this important card. Even more important, this is an especially strong card for the grade. Crisp and clean, with a flawless image, a deep red background, even wear to the corners, and centered slightly to the bottom. Free of any creases. The blank back is perfectly clean, with just a few tiny age spots (of little or no consequence). This is a rare and very attractive example of one of Mathewson's most desirable and striking cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+.

SOLD FOR $3,300

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