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1909-1910 E97 C. A. Briggs Co. Dennis Sullivan & Black-and-White Proof (2)
Starting Bid - $800, Sold For - $1,410
Presented are two Dennis Sullivan variations (color and black-and-white) from the E97 C. A. Briggs Co. series, each graded VG 40 by SGC. This 30-card set was issued in 1909-1910 by the C. A. Briggs Co., Lozenge Makers of Boston, Mass. The E97 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. Little is known about the black-and-white variety cards, but they are clearly very closely related. In the old days, collectors often referred to them as "E97 proofs," but this is not accurate, and we believe the black-and-white variety cards are actually a candy issue unto themselves, possibly also issued by the C. A. Briggs Company. Sullivan happens to be a very interesting subject in the E97 set. It is not clear if this card is Dennis Sullivan or Billy Sullivan. This card is known to exist in two variations: with the team identified as Chicago and also as Boston. Billy Sullivan played for Chicago, but not Boston. Dennis Sullivan never played with Chicago, and played for Boston briefly in 1907, years before the E97 set was issued. The confusion of who this card was intended to represent is no doubt related to the fact that it was issued with two different team identifications. Because the card pictures Sullivan in a Boston uniform, our best guess is that the player pictured is actually Dennis Sullivan, and was intended to be Chicago's Billy Sullivan, and the error was addressed by changing the team identification. 1) E97 Sullivan Chicago team variation (Note: the card is mislabeled by SGC as the Boston team variation; this card was issued with Sullivan identified with Boston, as well as identified as with Chicago, but both variations picture Sullivan in a Boston uniform). Well centered example, with bold colors, virtually flawless registration, and evenly rounded corners. It is bright and perfectly clean, both front and back. 2) Black-and-white proof - rare Boston team variation. This is a very strong example, with even wear at the corners, and a clean image. The blank reverse has a very light stain (25% of the back). This is a very attractive and fascinating matched pair of E97s. Total 2 cards. Reserve $800. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,410
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