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1921-1923 E220 National Caramel Collection (72)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,819
Collection of seventy-two different (of the 120 in the set) E220 National Caramel cards, including sixteen Hall of Famers, highlighted by Walter Johnson, Tris Speaker, and Rogers Hornsby. The E220 set is sometimes confused with the American Caramel issues of the early 1920s, but the advertisement for "National Caramel" on the reverse easily identifies the series. In fact, half the photos used to produce the E220s are identical to those used in several American Caramel sets. This is a mixed-grade collection (which is par for the course when dealing with E220s) with condition technically ranging from Poor to Vg-Ex/Ex (averaging approximately Good). This is a great-looking group. E220s are much rarer than most other similarly designed sets of the era (such as E121), and for some reason (as anyone who collects the set already knows) they are rarely seen in anything approaching high grade, and very often have slightly irregular cuts. That's just how they were made. Even the lowest-grade cards in this group are well worth having. Highlights: Baker (Fr), Bancroft (Gd-Vg), Carey (Vg), Collins (Pr), Faber (Vg/Vg-Ex), Heilmann (Vg-Ex), Hornsby (irregular cut, otherwise Pr), Hoyt (irregular cut, otherwise Ex), Johnson (Fr), Kelly (Pr), Maranville (Gd), Roush (irregular cut, otherwise Fr), Sewell (Vg/Vg-Ex), Sisler (Gd), Speaker (Vg/Vg-Ex), and Wheat (Pr-Fr). These cards have been consigned by the family of one of the hobby's great pioneer collectors who was an active and advanced collector for decades. Overall the condition of this collection is technically modest, but to the true collector, this is a very exciting group. This collection represents a tremendous start toward the assembly of a set and is the largest group we can ever recall offering. Includes sixteen Hall of Famers. Total: 72 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $3,819
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