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1922 W575-1/E121 American Caramel Collection (120) with 35 Hall of Famers Including Three Babe Ruth and Two Ty Cobb
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $30,000
Presented is an extraordinary newly discovered complete 120-card set of caramel cards dating from 1922, highlighted by three Babe Ruth cards and an additional thirty-one Hall of Famers. This exceptional collection has been consigned directly by the family of the original owner, and it has been carefully saved in their possession and passed down through generations for nearly one hundred years! All 120 cards in the offered scrapbook conform to the E121 American Caramel set checklist, but the edges and corners of some cards, which are arranged ten cards to a page, front and back, have loosened enough for us to confirm that the backs are entirely blank. Blank-back cards that appear as E121 American Caramel from the front would be identified by many as W575-1, which are very similar in nature to the E121 issue as both sets feature the same design and likenesses for many of the players included. The W575-1 checklist found in the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards does not mirror the E121 issue exactly, but advanced collectors have found that American Caramel cards (from both the series of 80 and the series of 120) have been discovered with blank backs. As a result of these discoveries, many collectors have used W575-1 as an expanding "catch all" for cards of this nature. These cards are actually extremely rare blank-back American Caramel cards. Advanced collectors with whom we have spoken believe this is the first and only complete set of this variety. The Hall of Famers housed within this scrapbook are Alexander, Bancroft, Carey, Cobb/batting, Cobb/throwing, Collins, Coveleski, Faber, Frisch, Haines, Heilman/batting, Hooper, Hornsby/OF, Hoyt, Huggins, Johnson, Kelly, Maranville, McGraw, Rice, Rixey, Robinson, Roush, Ruth/holding ball, Ruth/holding bird, Ruth/photo montage, Schalk/batting, Schalk/catching, Sewell, Sisler/batting, Southworth, Speaker, Wheat, and Youngs. The 120 cards are housed neatly in a period scrapbook, ten to a page, and have been well preserved throughout the years, with almost all of the cards presenting as Excellent to Near Mint. There is moderate rippling visible on the pages (and therefore affects the cards) that does not detract at all from the overall display value of this scrapbook and is mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy. While we don't know what adhesive is used to hold these cards to the pages, based on the small areas of loosening visible on some cards, it is likely that careful professional removal is a possibility if desired. Several pages of the scrapbook are detached as the staples along the spine have loosened. This is an extraordinary collection, with dozens of highlights, a time capsule preserved in its original form, literally untouched, presented exactly as it was collected, saved, and stored away ninety-six years ago. Total: 120 cards housed in a scrapbook. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $30,000
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