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1910 E125 American Caramel Die-cut Tris Speaker (Fielding)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,300
Extremely rare E125 American Caramel Die-cut of Hall of Famer Tris Speaker of the Boston Red Sox in a fielding pose. According to our research, this is one of only five fielding-pose cards of Speaker known to exist. (Speaker is also known in a batting pose.) E125s have long been held in the highest esteem by advanced collectors both for their extreme rarity as well as for their very striking and unique design. They are so rare that the E125 set was not even known to exist until the 1960s. The fragile nature of all die-cut cards and the easily broken flaps at the base of E125s which allow them to stand make complete high-grade examples all the rarer. This is an extraordinary example of one of the few Hall of Famers of the set. This E125 Tris Speaker has survived complete, with all flaps intact. The stand-up flaps have never even been folded back. The card is bright and perfectly clean. A very tiny wrinkle is present along the brim of his cap, and light wrinkling is visible along his waistline. The reverse of the card, which features a complete checklist of the Athletics in the set and advertising for American Caramels, is also bright and perfectly clean, with bold black text. Strong Excellent overall appearance (though it would technically grade more modestly due to the noted extremely minor faults). This is a stunning example of perhaps the rarest of all Tris Speaker cards, from one of the rarest and most condition-sensitive of all caramel card issues. From the Dan Gantt Collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $3,300
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