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Lot # 280 (280 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1910 E104-3 Nadja Caramels Tully Sparks SGC EX+ 70 - Highest Graded!

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,920

Graded EX+ 70 by SGC. One of only two examples graded at this level with none higher! Superb ultra high-grade example of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Tully Sparks from the E104-3 Nadja Caramels set, one of the most distinctive, unusual, and important rarities of all 1910-era caramel-card issues. These cards are often confused with similarly designed "E" card and related sets (especially E104-1 and E104-2), but are distinct, featuring designs that are unique to this set, and therefore have an enormous significance to 1910-era cards and caramel cards in general that is often overlooked by collectors, probably in large part because all cards from this set are so incredibly rare. To date, thirty-seven different subjects are known, featuring players from five different teams (mostly Tigers, Phillies, and Giants players, but one Cleveland player and two Cardinals are also documented). The offered example of Sparks presents extremely well, with bold colors, a crisp image, light, even, natural wear to the four corners (slightly more in the lower left), and outstanding centering. It also features a desirable advertising reverse, with slight toning and a boldly printed Nadja Caramels advertisement. (These cards are also found with blank backs.) This is an extremely attractive and high-grade sample of a significant caramel-card rarity. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,920

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