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Rare 1911 E94 George Close Candy Sherry Magee "Your Safe" Overprint
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $960
Graded FAIR 20 by SGC. Presented is a 1911 E94 George Close Candy Sherry Magee (Philadelphia Phillies) featuring a rare "Your Safe" overprint. "Overprinting" refers to the rare practice of a company taking cards already printed (in some cases even issued by another manufacturer) and adding advertising, in the form of printing or ink stamp, to allow the cards to function as its own advertising vehicle at modest cost. In this case, the overprint on this E94 Magee advertises "Your Safe! If You Eat Close's Chocolates - Made By - The George Close Co. - Confectioners - Cambridge, Mass." All E94 overprints are extremely rare. The overprint on this card is a very bold and striking blue that really stands out, which is ideal for an E94 overprint example. The card has a brilliant blue background, evenly rounded corners, and a couple of small corner creases. The card has a strong Vg appearance, but has been downgraded by SGC due to a couple of tiny spots of paper loss on the reverse. This card originally appeared in REA's 2008 auction, at which time it had just been found by REA in an original-owner collection of 1910-era cards consigned to that auction. It was the only caramel card in the entire collection and had the distinction of being the first E94 overprint ever found by REA in an original collection! This is a superb example of this very rare overprint, worthy of any advanced E94, type, or prewar-card collection. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $960
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