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1909 E95 Philadelphia Caramel Christy Mathewson PSA EX 5
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,350
Graded EX 5 by PSA. One of only nine examples graded at this level. Exceptionally high-grade example of Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson from the very scarce E95 Philadelphia Caramel series. This 25-card set was issued in 1909 by the Philadelphia Caramel Co. of Camden, New Jersey. Mathewson, of course, is one of the key cards in the set. This is also one of Mathewson's most highly regarded cards from any set, and is considerably rarer than the popular T205 and T206 cards of Matty from the same era. The E95 set was almost certainly inspired by the great success that tobacco companies were having with their cards. This set is of even greater significance in that the E95 artwork was not reissued by other manufacturers, as was so widespread with other “E” card issues. The designs used in E95 are unique to the set. These cards have a very distinctive look to them and the artwork is definitely a cut above their rivals of the time. Due to the thin stock on which they are printed, E95 Philadelphia Caramel cards are rarely found in such high grade. This card is bright and clean, both front and back, with a bold yellow background, a perfect surface with no creases, just the slightest even wear to the corners, and perfect centering. The reverse is also virtually perfect, featuring a very boldly printed checklist for the set. It is interesting to note that Mathewson's name is misspelled as "Matthewson." This card is in extraordinary condition, especially for a caramel card, which because they were issued with candy, one card per package, tend to survive in lesser condition than their more common tobacco-card counterparts. A grade of EX 5 might not be that big a deal for a T206 or a 1933 Goudey, but it is an extremely high grade for an E95. This is a stunning high-grade example of one of Mathewson’s most striking cards from one of the most popular and colorful of all “E” card issues, and one that would be a worthy addition to any extremely high quality classic Hall of Fame, E95, or Christy Mathewson card collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $2,350
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