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Lot # 244 (244 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1911 E94 George Close Candy Tris Speaker - Interesting Printing Anomaly!

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,320

Graded GOOD 2 by PSA. Extremely attractive example of Hall of Famer Tris Speaker from the E94 George Close Candy set. While this is a desirable key card to the set in any condition, the offered example is particularly special for its extremely bold wet-sheet transfer on the reverse. This fascinating printing anomaly has resulted in the entire blue background as well as a mirror "ghost" image of Speaker being visible on the checklist reverse. This is a stunning anomaly, one of the most dramatic that we have ever seen and one of only a few that we have ever seen on a caramel card. Advanced collectors of "E" cards will immediately recognize the caramel-card set designated as "E94" as a thorn in their sides. While at a glance E94s may be easily confused with other caramel-card sets of the era (E93 and E98 specifically), they are an entirely different set, even though they use many of the same subjects and poses. Of the three previously mentioned sets, E94s are the most difficult. The E94 caramel card set is usually associated with the George Close Co. of Cambridge, Massachusetts. While the majority of the E94 cards do not have any sort of advertisement on the back, some have been found with overprints that make reference to this company. Caramel cards, of course, are rarely found in high grade. This example is bright and crisp, with a bold blue background, outstanding centering, and even wear to the corners. Two faint horizontal creases at the top of the card account for the assigned grade. The reverse is clean, with the bold printing anomaly as previously mentioned. This is a fascinating and very desirable example of the legendary Tris Speaker from this rare, early twentieth-century candy issue. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,320

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