Lot # 196: 1910 E98 Anonymous "Set of 30" Cy Young - Green Background

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Graded FAIR 1.5 by SGC (submitted by REA). Presented is a modestly graded example of Cleveland Naps Hall of Famer Cy Young from the E98 “Set of 30” candy-card issue. This card is 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. Set against a green background, with outstanding centering and even wear to the corners. Multiple creases account for the assigned grade. The checklist reverse is boldly printed. 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. An outstanding yet still relatively affordable example of key Hall of Famer Cy Young from this extremely desirable early twentieth-century candy issue. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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