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1909-1910 E97 C. A. Briggs Co. SGC-Graded Partial Set (17 of 30) Plus Two Variations
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,875
Collection of E97 C. A. Briggs Co. consists of seventeen of the thirty cards in the set plus two variations for a total of nineteen cards. Each card has been graded and encapsulated by SGC. We have always found the E97 set to be very difficult to find compared to many other "E" card sets. 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. SGC grading composite: Two VG/EX 50: Birmingham and Willie Keeler (HOF). Five VG 40: Bransfield, McIntyre, Steinfeldt, Steinfeld (missing "t"), and Sullivan (Chicago). Five GOOD 30: Davis, Joe Kelly (HOF), Mullin, Rossman, and Young (Boston; Irv Young is identified as Cy Young on this card). Two FAIR 20: Dygert and Kleinow. Four POOR 10: Austin, McConnell, Nichols (Nicholls, Cleveland), and Nichols (Nicholls, Philadelphia). One Authentic: Bradley. 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 partial 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: 19 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $5,875
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