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Lot # 1857 (1857 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1910 E98 Anonymous "Set of 30" Ty Cobb

Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,320

Presented is an extremely attractive example of Hall of Famer Ty Cobb from the E98 “Set of 30” candy-card issue. The manufacturer of E98 is unknown, and the set may be easily confused with other caramel-card sets of the era (E93 and E94 specifically); this is an entirely different set even though it uses many of the same subjects and poses. For many years, E98s were among the scarcest of the 1910-era caramel cards, but the recent “Black Swamp Find” has changed the population dramatically. E98s have always been very desirable, and their increased availability and noteworthiness due to the find may have actually increased the demand as more collectors have become familiar with the set. The offered card features a brilliant orange background, with a crisp image of Cobb, centering slightly to the left, and light touches of wear at the corners. Presenting as Vg to Vg-Ex when viewed from the front, the card is modestly graded POOR 10 by SGC due to paper loss on the reverse, which is otherwise clean and boldly printed. Caramel cards in general are much rarer than tobacco cards of the era. Because they were issued with caramels one card per package and sold to children (as opposed to being sold to adults with tobacco), they also tend to survive in a much lower grade. This is a superb yet still relatively affordable example of key Hall of Famer Ty Cobb from this extremely desirable early twentieth-century candy issue. Reserve $400. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,320

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