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Lot # 245 (of 1411)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1911 E94 George Close Candy Tris Speaker

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $8,120.00

Graded EX/NM 80 by SGC, with none graded higher. Extraordinary E94 example of Hall of Famer Tris Speaker in extremely high grade with the rare orange background (background color misidentified as "gold" in printed catalog). This is a gem of a card, perfectly clean front and back, with four square corners and a brilliant image set against a bright orange background (the rarest of the seven different background color variations of the set). The back has the checklist for the set. Advanced collectors of "E" cards will immediately recognize the caramel card set designated as "E94" as a thorn in their side. 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, Mass. 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. The highest graded example ever of E94 Speaker by PSA or SGC, this card previously resided in an EX-MT 6 PSA holder and was crossed over to an SGC holder, but was never retired from the PSA population report. The highest graded E94 Speaker in the PSA and SGC population reports both refer to this very same card. This is an exceptionally strong Ex-Mt bordering on Near Mint example of the legendary Tris Speaker from this rare, early twentieth-century candy issue. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $8,120.00


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