Lot # 88: 1910 E98 Anonymous "Set of 30" Ty Cobb - Red Background

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Graded GOOD 2 by PSA. Presented is an extremely attractive lower-grade example of Hall of Famer Ty Cobb from the E98 “Set of 30” candy-card issue. The manufacturer of E98 is unknown, and the set might be easily confused with other caramel-card sets of the era (E93 and E94 specifically). This is an entirely separate 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 “Black Swamp Find” 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. The offered card features a vibrant red background, with a crisp image of Cobb, centering slightly toward the right, and honest corner wear. Spots of chipping along the white borders and spots of paper loss on the reverse also factor into the assigned grade. This card has outstanding eye appeal from the front! 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. This is an exceptionally strong (especially for the grade) E98 example of the legendary Ty Cobb, one of the key cards from this rare and desirable early 20th-century candy issue.  Reserve $500.

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