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1910 E75, E76 & E77 Prize Fighter American Caramels Complete Sets (6 sets, 162 cards)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $6,960.00

Collection of six complete sets (one E77 set is actually a near-set, missing one card) of early twentieth-century Prize Fighters issued with American Caramel candy products. The E75, E76 and E77 issues feature only boxers. All three issues are very similar in design. This is an original owner collection of these rare boxing cards, saved and consigned directly from the family of the gentleman who collected these cards back in 1910. The collection includes the following: 1) E75 Complete Set (20 cards, black backs): 90% Gd to Vg-Ex (mostly Gd-Vg) and 10% slightly lesser. Keys: Abe Attell (Gd-Vg), Tommy Burns (Vg), Jim Corbett (Gd-Vg), George Dixon (Gd), Bob Fitzsimmons (Gd-Vg), Joe Gans (Vg), Jim Jeffries (Vg)), Jack Johnson (Fr), Stanley Ketchell (Gd), Kid McCoy (Vg-Ex), Terry McGovern (Vg), Battling Nelson (Vg), Tom Sharkey (pencil marks on reverse, otherwise Vg), John L. Sullivan (tiny touch of paper loss on the front, otherwise Vg/Vg-Ex), and Joe Walcott (Vg). 2) two E76 Complete Sets (20 cards in each set, blue backs): 25% Vg or better, 75% slightly lesser (almost all Good). Set #1 Keys: James J. Corbett (Gd), George Dixon (Gd-Vg), Bob Fitzsimmons (Vg), Joe Gans (Vg), James Jeffries (Fr-Gd), Kid McCoy (Gd-Vg), Terry McGovern (Gd), Battling Nelson (Fr-Gd), Tom Sharkey (Gd), John L. Sullivan (possible slight trim, otherwise Vg/Vg-Ex), and Joe Walcott (Gd). The second set of twenty cards grades Fair to Good overall. Set #2 Keys: James J. Corbett (Fr), George Dixon (Fr-Gd), Bob Fitzsimmons (Fr-Gd), Joe Gans (Gd), James Jeffries (Fr-Gd), Kid McCoy (Fr-Gd), Terry McGovern (Fr-Gd), Battling Nelson (Pr), Tom Sharkey (Gd), John L. Sullivan (Gd), and Joe Walcott (Gd). 3) three E77 Complete Sets (24 cards in each set, except one set is missing one card): 66% Vg and 34% slightly lesser. Set #1 Keys: Abe Attell (Vg/Vg-Ex), Tommy Burns (Vg), Jack Johnson (10/90 L/R, otherwise Vg), Stanley Ketchel (Gd-Vg), and Sam Langford (Vg). The second set grades 25% Vg and 75% Gd or slightly lesser. Set #2 Keys: Abe Attell (Gd-Vg), Tommy Burns (Gd), Jack Johnson (Fr), Stanley Ketchel (Gd-Vg), and Sam Langford (Vg). Third set (near-set, 23 of the 24 cards, missing Burns) grades Fair to Good overall. Set #3 Keys: Abe Attell (Fr-Gd), Jack Johnson (Fr), Stanley Ketchel (Fr-Gd), and Sam Langford (Fr-Gd). 4) Also included is a near-set of 1911 T225 Khedivial Prize "Fight Series 102" (24 of the 25 cards). Grades 70% Vg and 30% Gd or slightly lesser. The collection is also accompanied by seven 1908 T226 Red Sun Pugilistic Subjects cards: Burke (Vg), Corbett (Vg), Griffin (Vg), Hayes (Vg), Ketchel (Vg), Nelson (Gd), and O'Keefe (Gd). It is extremely rare to find such a large collection of these early boxing caramel cards. Compared to baseball cards of the era, these early boxing cards, which are at least as scarce, represent a particularly outstanding value. Caramel cards, of course, tend to be far rarer than their tobacco card counterparts for both baseball and boxing cards. This is an extremely attractive and fairly comprehensive collection including sets of several of the most classic boxing candy issues from the early twentieth century. Total 162 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $6,960.00


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