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1909-1911 E90-1 American Caramel Near-Complete Set (114 of 120)
Starting Bid - $10,000, Sold For - $47,000
Presented is an extremely attractive high-quality near-complete set (114 of 120) of E90-1 American Caramel, one of the most popular and classic of all baseball card sets. Included are virtually all of the numerous Hall of Famers, extremely rare cards, and variations that make this set one of the most challenging and difficult-to-complete of all caramel-card sets. Missing just one Hall of Famer (Addie Joss � rare pitching pose), one major star (key rarity Joe Jackson), and four commons (Bescher, Dougherty, Lobert, and Shean) for completion. As any advanced collector will confirm, the E90-1 American Caramel Company set has always been particularly challenging to collect in high grade because of its method of issue (one card per package of caramels), and has always been extremely difficult to complete in any grade due to the many rare cards in the set. Of the 114 cards in this near-complete set, fifty-five (48%) have been professionally graded and encapsulated by SGC (all selected for grading and submitted by REA). This is a very attractive near-set with many highlights and rarities, most in overall Vg condition. Just as the T206 White Border set is universally recognized as the most important and popular 1910-era tobacco-card set, the E90-1 set has long been considered by collectors to be the most significant of all early candy-card sets, and certainly does not just pop up or put itself together in complete set form. This near-complete set (missing only six cards) was very carefully assembled by an extremely dedicated old-time collector over a period of years, and represents a tremendous collecting achievement. There is little doubt that the six missing cards, with patience, can eventually be found. The SGC grading report is as follows: One NM 84: O'Leary. Four EX/NM 80: Bresnahan (HOF), Leach - batting, McInnes, and Mullin. Nine EX+ 70: Baker (HOF), Blankenship, Bradley, Clarke - Phil. (HOF), Donovan, Lumley, Pastorius, Unglaub, and Wallace (HOF). Nine EX 60: Bransfield - "P" on shirt, E. Collins (HOF), Donlin, Dygert, Keeler - throwing (HOF), McIntyre, Oakes, Stone - no hands, and Thomas. Fifteen VG/EX 50: Barry, Bender (HOF), Bridwell, Cobb (HOF), Howell - follow thru, Karger, Keeler - pink (HOF), Lajoie (HOF), McQuillan, Mitchell - NY, O'Connor, Speaker (HOF), Sweeney - Bos., Tannehill - Chicago AL, and Walsh (HOF). Seven VG 40: Graham, Joss - port. (HOF), Mitchell � Cin., Plank (HOF), Tinker (HOF), Wagner - throwing (HOF), and Wagner - batting (HOF). Three GOOD 30: Engle, Stahl, and Young - Bos. (HOF). Two FAIR 20: Clarke - Pitt. (HOF) and Keeler - red (HOF). Four Authentic: G. Davis (HOF), Duffy (HOF), Mathewson (HOF), and Tannehill - Chicago NL. Ungraded: Six cards grade Vg: Gibson - front view, Hartzell - fielding, McLean, Sheckard, Stanage, and Summers. Twenty-one cards are Good: Bell, Bemis, Bransfield - no P on shirt, Brown - Bos., Bush, Camnitz, Chase, Corridon, Crawford (HOF), Ellis, Gibson - back view, Groom, Irwin, Isbell, Marquard (HOF), Miller, Overall, Schaefer, Seigle, Sweeney - NY, and Wiltse. Twelve grade Poor: Bailey, Chance (HOF), Clement, Dooin, Grant, Heitmuller, Hall, Jennings (HOF), Knight, Stovall, Thomas - Bos., and Cy Young (Cleveland team designation). Twenty-one are trimmed: (Note: In the old days, it was very common for collectors to trim E90-1s so that they could fit into plastic pages designed for T206s; we do not believe any of these cards were trimmed with malicious intent): Bliss, Brown - Chi. (HOF), Butler, Criger, H. Davis, Demmitt, Fromme, Gray, Hartzell - batting, Howell - wind up, Jordon, Krause, Leach - throwing, Leever, Phelps, Richie, Schlitzer, Stone - left hand, Tenney, Upp, and Willis (HOF). A tremendous amount of time, energy, and effort would be required to assemble this near-complete set in any era. The fact that it was put together many years ago, in a different collecting era, makes the assembly of this near-complete set all the more extraordinary. The twenty-one cards with a slight trim, as well as the lowest-graded cards, are mostly common cards. This is a great-looking near-complete set of E90-1 American Caramel, missing just six cards for completion, with many condition highlights, and a tremendous potential break value. The equivalent SMR value for just the fifty-one cards numerically graded by SGC (not including the four authentic encapsulated cards and the fifty-nine ungraded cards) is $33,740. Total 114 cards. Reserve $10,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $47,000
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