Lot # 172: 1910 E98 Anonymous "Set of 30" SGC-Graded Hall of Fame Collection (6)

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Presented is a very attractive low-grade collection of six Hall of Famers from the E98 “Set of 30” candy-card issue, each graded and encapsulated by SGC (all submitted by REA). These cards are part of an exciting, fresh-to-the-hobby collection consigned to this auction by the family of a Midwestern collector who built his impressive collection over a period of many decades, beginning as a young boy in the 1930s. The manufacturer of E98 is unknown, and the set may be easily confused with other caramel-card sets of the era (E93 and E94 specifically); this is an entirely different set even though it uses many of the same subjects and poses. For many years, E98s were among the scarcest of the 1910-era caramel cards, but the recent “Black Swamp Find” has changed the population dramatically. E98s have always been very desirable, and their increased availability and noteworthiness due to the find may have actually increased the demand as more collectors have become familiar with the set. E98s are found with four different background colors: blue, green, orange, and red. Three of the four colors are represented in this lot. This collection consists of the following (color backgrounds are noted in parenthesis): One GOOD+ 2.5: E. Collins (orange). One GOOD 2: Clarke (orange). Three FAIR 1.5: Bender (red), Brown (green), and Walsh (red). One POOR 1: Mack (orange). 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. These are six relatively affordable examples of Hall of Famers from this extremely desirable early twentieth-century candy issue. The equivalent SMR value for the assigned grades is $750 (factoring in the half-grades at the lower full-grade level). Total: 6 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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