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1922 E121 American Caramel Near-Complete Set (103/127) Including Two Babe Ruths
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $6,600
Extremely substantial near-complete set of 103 different (plus fourteen duplicates) E121 American Caramel (Series of 120) cards, highlighted by thirty-four Hall of Famers, including two Ty Cobb, two Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, and Rogers Hornsby. This is a newly discovered collection of American Caramel cards consigned by the family of the original owner. (Two additional Ruth cards, over and above the two included in this lot, were also in the collection and are offered as their own lots individually in this auction.) These E121 cards have not seen the light of day since 1922! Each unnumbered card, which measures 2 x 3.25 inches, features a black-and-white photo of the player. The E121 American Caramel cards set is one of the most substantial and important sets from the 1920s. These are the classics of the early 1920s! The two Ruth cards included in this lot have been graded by SGC (submitted by REA). Keys: Alexander (Fr), Bancroft (Gd), two Carey (Gd and Fr), Cobb/batting (Pr/Fr), Cobb/throwing (Vg), Collins (Fr), Coveleski (Vg), Faber (Gd), Frisch (Pr/Fr), Haines (Gd), Heilmann (Gd), two Hooper (Fr and Pr), Hornsby/OF (Fr), Hoyt (Fr), Johnson (Pr), Kelly (Fr), Maranville (Pr), McGraw (Gd), two Rice (Fr and Pr/Fr), Rixey (Fr), Robinson (Fr), Roush (Fr), Ruth/holding bird (VG 40), Ruth/photo montage (FAIR 20), Schalk/catching (Fr), two Schalk/batting (both Fr), Sewell (Fr), Speaker (Fr), Wheat (Fr), and Youngs (Fr). Missing the following twenty-four cards for completion (numbers are according to the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards checklist): #6a, 9, 17, 30, 32, 37, 49a Hornsby/2B, 51 Huggins, 55, 58, 62, 71, 76, 82b, 88a, 88b, 94 Ruth, 105, 106 Sisler, 109, 110, 111 Southworth, 115, and 124. Condition of this collection is relatively modest, with approximately 15% grading Gd to Vg and 85% grading lesser (approximately 30% of which present as Vg but are downgraded due to faint pencil writing or erasure in the top border, which affects almost all of the lesser-graded cards). Also included are seven 1922 E120 American Caramel cards, including Wheat, in comparable condition. Such large collections of E121 are rarely seen or offered. In fact, this is one of the largest collections of E121 American Caramels we have ever offered! This collection would provide an outstanding foundation for the assembly of a complete set. The equivalent SMR value for just the two Ruth cards is $1,785. Total: 124 cards (103 different E121s, 14 duplicates, and seven E120s). Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $6,600
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