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1910 E222 A. W. H. Caramels Shag Shaughnessy
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,920
Sample card from one of the rarest of all "E" card sets, catalogued E222, issued in 1910 by the A. W. H. Caramel Company, featuring players from the Virginia League. The fronts of these cards, which measure 1.5 x 2.75 inches, each have a player portrait that is tinted red, black, brown, or blue and white. Presented is a red-and-white E222 example of first baseman/manager Frank "Shag" Shaughnessy from the 1910 Roanoke Tigers of the Virginia League. Shaughnessy made it to the majors for just a few games in 1905 with Washington, and 1908 with the Athletics, but went on to have a great significance to the game off the field. In 1933, as General Manager of the International League's Montreal Royals, Shaughnessy introduced for the first time the concept of a play-off system to create more interest in postseason play. Known as "The Shaughnessy Plan," this format has had a tremendous impact on minor and Major League baseball. Shaugnessy went on to serve as President of the International League for twenty-five years (1936-1960). This card is also very interesting as the pose of Shaughnessy is the very same as that which appears on his T206 baseball card. For A. W. H. Caramel cards, this is a very high-grade example. Encapsulated as Authentic by SGC, this example presents as Ex-Mt, with a crisp image, centering to the top, and four strong corners. The back is boldly printed and entirely clean. The card possesses particularly large borders, which suggests that it may have long ago been carefully hand-cut from a sheet. We have previously only offered five E222 examples in the last fifteen years. This is an extremely attractive, ideal sample card from one of the rarest of all 1910-era card sets. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $1,920
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