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1915 E106 American Caramel Christy Mathewson
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,998
Graded VG 40 by SGC. Extraordinary E106 Christy Mathewson. Don't be fooled by the SGC-assigned grade on this gem! This card has a strong Excellent or better appearance and has been downgraded to VG by SGC only due to the slightest hint of surface paper loss on the reverse that is of virtually no consequence. This is a beautiful card! The exceptionally rare 1915 E106 American Caramel issue shares designs with several other closely related candy issues (Croft's Candy, Nadja Caramels, Dockman & Sons, etc.) from the same era. These cards have glossy surfaces, which are very susceptible to cracking. The offered example of key Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson is perfectly clean both front and back, with even wear to the corners, vibrant colors, no creases, and is also very well centered (approximately 55/45 top to bottom centering when held horizontally as intended). The back is also bright and clean, with bold text. It is interesting to note Mathewson’s name is misspelled “Matthewson” on this card. Caramel cards in general are much rarer than tobacco cards of the era. Because they were issued with caramels one card per package and sold to children (as opposed to being sold to adults with tobacco), they also tend to survive in a much lower grade. In addition to being issued a few years later than most caramel cards, E106 American Caramel Company cards are considerably rarer than most traditional "E" cards. This is an exceptional mid-grade example of one of Mathewson's most striking cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,998
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