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1909 E92 Croft's Cocoa Christy Mathewson - Highest Graded!
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,000
Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. One of only two examples graded at this level with none higher! Striking example of New York Giants Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson from the 1909 E92 Croft's Cocoa set, with reverse advertising for "Croft's Swiss Milk Cocoa" of Philadelphia on the reverse. The same designs were also issued with advertising on the reverse for Croft's & Allen Candy. It appears that both varieties of these cards were issued by the Croft & Allen Co. of Philadelphia to be handed out as advertising items to promote its candy and cocoa, which, as noted on the back of this card, is "Served Hot at our fountain 11 South 15th St. Montague & Co. Philadelphia, Pa." Widely recognized as one of Mathewson's most popular and beautifully designed cards, the offered example has a flawless image set against a vibrant colored background. Centered slightly to the top (when the card is held horizontally as intended), with even wear at the corners and a faint wet sheet transfer of the Croft's Cocoa advertising visible on front. Free of any creases. The reverse is entirely clean, with a slight tilt to the printed advertisement. This is a very attractive high-grade sample card of Christy Mathewson, one of the key Hall of Famers from this rare set. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,000
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