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1909-1911 E254 Colgan’s Chips PSA-Graded Partial Set (185 Diff): #1 PSA Set Registry
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $10,073
This outstanding collection of 185 different (64% of the set) E254 Colgan’s Chips “Stars of the Diamond” represents the largest completely PSA-graded collection of these classic and unusual cards ever assembled to date, let alone offered at auction at a single time. This is the number-one set on the PSA Registry, with an average grade of 4.38. The collection is comprised of six MINT 9s, three NM-MT+ 8.5s, nine NM-MT 8s, twenty-two NM 7s, twenty-four EX-MT 6s, thirty EX 5s, one VG-EX+ 4.5, twenty-two VG-EX 4s, six VG 3s, eight GOOD+ 2.5s, thirty-nine GOOD 2s, five FR 1.5s, and ten PR 1s. This substantial collection is highlighted by fourteen Hall of Famers, including Harry Hooper, Addie Joss, Tris Speaker, Honus Wagner, and Cy Young. The cards in the 1909-1911 E254 Colgan's Chips series are among the most unique and distinctive ever produced. The cards are actually circular (1-7/16 inches in diameter) and were issued as inserts with Colgan's Chips ("The Gum That's Round") in the round Colgan's Chips gum tins. Because they are so unusual and not traditional rectangular cards, E254s have been overlooked by many collectors, and represent one of the most outstanding values of all baseball candy issues.
The PSA grades are as follows: Six MINT 9: Baker (HOF), Burch, Daubert (Brooklyn), LaPorte (St. Louis), Lord (Boston) and Raymond. Three NM-MT+ 8.5: Becker, Bush, and Spencer. Nine NM-MT 8: Clarke (HOF, Pittsburg), Courtney, Cravath, Devlin, Frick (Toronto), Henley, Hughes (no name in uniform), McBride, and Robinson. Twenty-two NM 7: Abbott, Bailey, Berger (Cleveland, MC), Bresnahan (HOF), Bridwell, Chance (HOF), Clancey, Davis (Philadelphia), Ferguson, Fromme, Gaspar, Hooper (HOF, Boston AL), Hunter (MK), Jennings (HOF), Jordan (Brooklyn), Kaiser (MC), Kelley (HOF), McGann (MK), Merkle, Oakes, Reulbach, and Willett. Twenty-four EX-MT 6: Abstein (Pittsburg), Adams, Ames, Austin (New York), Beaumont (Boston, MK), Conroy, Flaherty (Atlanta), Getz (Boston), T. Jones, Killefer, Lange, Leach, Lindaman (Boston), Manser (Jersey City), McCormick, McIntyre (Detroit), Moran, Odwell, Paskert (Cincinnati), Seymour (Baltimore), Siner, Unglaub (Washington), Wagner (HOF, curved letters) and Wilson. Thirty EX 5: Bell, Crandall, Daubert (Memphis), Donovan, Doyle, Evers (HOF), Flaherty (Kansas City), Gardner (Boston), Hartsel, Hulswitt (St. Louis), Knight, Ludwig (Milwaukee), McGinnity (HOF), Milan, Moriarty, Mullen (name incorrect), Orth (New York), Reilley, Rowan (Cincinnati), Rucker, Schardt (Milwaukee), Seymour (New York), Sheckard, Sparks (Philadelphia), Stahl, Sullivan (Louisville), Turner, Unglaub (Lincoln), Weisman (name correct), and White (Boston). One VG-EX+ 4.5: Clymer. Twenty-two VG-EX 4: Bates (Philadelphia, black letters), Bemis (Cleveland), Demmitt (New York), Downey (MK), Elberfeld (New York), Fitzgerald, Frick (Baltimore), LaFitte, Matthews, Merritt (Jersey City), Miller, Nelson (St. Louis), Overall, Parent, Rock (MK), Schirm (Buffalo), Steinfeldt, Summers (white uniform), Tannehill, Walker, Wanner, and Woods. Six VG 3: Carr (Indianapolis), Grimshaw (Toronto), Joss (HOF), Owens, Spade (Newark), and Speaker (HOF). Eight GOOD + 2.5: Brockett, Byers, Criss, Ellis, Hahn, Meyers (New York), Snodgrass, and Titus. Thirty-nine GOOD 2: Abbaticchio, Abstein (Jersey City), Babb (Memphis), Baerwald, Bartley (curved letters), Bayless (MC), Coveleski (Cincinnati, MK), Dougherty, Ferris, Gibson, Hanford, Hartzell (St. Louis), Holly, Howard, Hummel, Knabe, Kroh, Lelivelt, Lindaman (Indianapolis), Maddox, Mattern, McConnell, Meyer (Newark), Osborn, Phillippe, Purtell (Chicago), Ragan, Schlafly, Schulte, Seabaugh (look left), Selby, Spade (Cincinnati), Stone, Street, Tinker (HOF), Waller, Williams, Woodruff (Louisville), and Zimmerman (Newark). Five FR 1.5: Birmingham, Doolan, Halla, Young (HOF), and Zimmerman (Chicago). Ten PR 1: Altrock, Barry, Congalton, Dunn, Evans (horizontal letters), Konetchy, Lewis (Milwaukee), McGinley, McLean, and Wiltse.
E254 Colgan's Chips are far rarer than most tobacco cards of the era, are one of the most interesting sets ever produced, and are one of the most overlooked of all vintage sets. In our opinion, they represent one of the best values of all 1910-era baseball issues. This is a very attractive collection of cards, including a few Hall of Famers (the set has very few HOFers), from this distinctive early gum issue. Total: 185 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+++. SOLD FOR $10,073
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