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Rare 1911 E94 George Close Candy "Your Safe" Overprint
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $2,350.00
Graded FAIR 20 by SGC. Presented is a "Your Safe" E94 George Close Candy overprint. This extremely rare and unusual sample card was found in an original-owner collection of 1910-era cards consigned to this auction. This card was part of a larger collection of 1910-era tobacco cards which was saved for decades by the family of the original owner. It was a thrill for us to be able to pick this card out (the only E card in the collection) and tell the consigning family that while all E94s are great, this example with the George Close advertising overprint was a particularly rare and valuable card. This was the first time we ever found an E94 overprint in an original collection. "Overprinting" refers to the rare practice of a company taking cards already printed (in some cases even issued by another manufacturer) and adding advertising, in the form of printing or ink stamp, to allow the cards to function as its own advertising vehicle at modest cost. In this case, the overprint on this E94 Magee advertises "Your Safe! If You Eat Close's Chocolates - Made By - The George Close Co. - Confectioners - Cambridge, Mass." All E94 overprints are extremely rare. The overprint on this card is a very bold and striking blue that really stands out, which is ideal for an E94 overprint example. The card has a brilliant blue background, evenly rounded corners, and a couple of small corner creases. The card has a strong Vg appearance, but has been downgraded by SGC due to a couple of tiny spots of paper loss on the reverse. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,350.00
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