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1909-1910 E97 C. A. Briggs Co. Near-Complete Set (22/30)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,819
Rarely seen near-complete set of E97 C. A. Briggs Co. consists of twenty-two of the thirty cards in the set, missing only the following eight cards for completion: Doolan, Dygert, Heinchman, Keeler, Kelly, McConnell, Moore, and Nichols. This 30-card set was issued in 1909-1910 by the C. A. Briggs Co., Lozenge Makers of Boston, Mass. This set is closely related to several other candy sets from the era, which share the same format, and, in many cases, the same player image. The cards are very similar in design to their E93 counterparts and can most easily be distinguished by the attractive brown-printed checklist of the complete set and the advertisement for "C. A. Briggs Co., Lozenge Makers, Boston, Mass." along the bottom on the reverse of each card. As is the case with most 1910-era tobacco and “E” card issues, E97 C. A. Briggs Company cards each measure approximately 1.5 x 2.75 inches. Nine cards range in grade from Gd to Vg-Ex, and thirteen cards are lesser (including three trimmed). We have selected three cards to be graded and encapsulated by SGC. The twenty-two cards in the collection are as follows: One card grades Vg-Ex: Davis (SGC VG/EX 50). Five cards grade Vg: Carrigan, Camnitz, Hartsell, McIntyre, and Schlei (SGC VG 40). Three cards grade Gd: Bradley, Rossman, and Sullivan (Chicago). Five cards grade Fair: Bransfield, Kroh, Meyers, Murray, and Young (SGC FAIR 20, Boston, Irv Young is identified as Cy Young on this card). Five cards grade Poor: Austin, Durham, Hemphill, Mullin, and Steinfeld. Three cards are trimmed: Birmingham, Devore, and Kleinow. The cards in this set are in very pleasing but circulated condition. This is typical for caramel cards in general, which of course were issued with candy, one card per pack, and which tend to survive in lesser condition than their more common tobacco-card counterparts. This is a very rarely offered near-complete set of E97 Briggs Co., one of the most popular, elusive, and colorful of all “E” card issues, that could serve as the foundation for the assembly of a very impressive mid-grade set. Total 22 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $3,819
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