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1910 E271 Darby Chocolates New Discovery: Full Box with Ty Cobb!
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $18,560.00
In 1910 Darby Chocolates of Baltimore issued this striking and extraordinarily rare package-design set, with two cards featured on each box of Darby Chocolates (one on the front, and one on the back). Today fewer than fifty Darby Chocolates cards in total are known to exist. Prior to the recent discovery of the offered example, this count included only four full Darby Chocolates boxes known (each of which has two cards). This newly discovered box is just the fifth full box known to exist. The discovery of this box is particularly significant in that the two cards it features include a previously unknown pose of Ty Cobb and a previously unknown card of Jim Vaughn of the New York Americans. Both cards are new discoveries to the set. Ty Cobb was previously known in the Darby Chocolates set only in a batting pose. On this card Ty Cobb is featured in a catching pose. It is interesting to note that this catching pose is the very same as appears on Ty Cobb's card in the E94 George Close Candy card series. The box was found and consigned to this auction by a noncollector in the New England area. Both cards on the box, Ty Cobb and Jim Vaughn, are each the only examples known in any form. The box has been assembled but could easily be disassembled, if desired, and displayed flat. Technically the box is in overall Good condition, with various flaws including some minor creasing and staining. The staining is light on the side with Cobb, and much more pronounced on the side with Vaughn. The top flap is detached but present. If the Cobb card were cut out as intended, most of the flaws of the box would affect the Cobb card only minimally. The Cobb side appears much cleaner and brighter, but as noted does have some small creasing and also has some light staining. If we had to grade each card individually by PSA standards, they would not fare particularly well (perhaps Cobb would be Good, and Vaughn would be PR-FR) but despite the flaws, the integrity of both cards and the box as a whole remain intact, and the box displays beautifully. This is an exciting baseball card find, as an example of one of the rarest of all early baseball package-design boxes, as a pair of one-of-a-kind Darby Chocolates cards, and as a newly discovered very significant and unique candy card of Hall of Famer Ty Cobb. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $18,560.00
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