Graded POOR 1 by SGC (submitted by REA). Presented is an E98 "Set of 30" candy card featuring Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson, one of the key cards from this popular 1910-era issue. The manufacturer of E98 is unknown. Cards from this 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. Despite its modest assigned grade due to scattered creasing and pencil marks on the reverse, this is an attractive card, with a bright blue background, flawless registration, and even wear to the four corners. The back features the checklist for the set in crisp, bold brown print. Caramel cards in general are much rarer than tobacco cards of the era. This is a modestly graded, relatively affordable example of the legendary Christy Mathewson from this early twentieth-century candy issue. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.