Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLII
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While the American Tobacco Company (ATC) was releasing their landmark 1909 T206 Monster Set in 1909, the Philadelphia based American Caramel Company was staking a claim to their own immortality via their renowned E90-1 Caramel card issue. If the T206 tobacco issue is the baseball card hobby’s “Holy Grail” cigarette set, the E90-1 American Caramel compilation is the “Mona Lisa” of the candy cards! True, “E” card sets first took off in 1903 when the Breisch-Williams Company released the inaugural 20th century candy card set designated as E107’s. Ultra-scarce and extremely valuable, their utmost paucity and pricing levels have virtually provided even elite enthusiasts with little to zero chance of completing an entire set.

The 120 American Caramel set certainly features some very tough issues as well as a significant 120 subjects, certainly making the daunting task of completing this set no “walk in the park”. However, while gathering all 120 player cards is an excruciating task, it is certainly within the realm of possibility. One of the desirable features of this candy card treasure are the sparkling colorful images rarely seen on any cardboard offering before 1909. Along with other pre-1910 sets during this early 20th century period such as T206, E91, E92, E101, and E102, the American Caramel Company’s utilization of color illustrations revolutionized the card market, setting the stage for a seemingly infinite number of colorized baseball cards that would eventually flood the market.

Presented here is one of the finest E90-1 compilations we have ever offered, a 100% complete American Caramel Set with ALL 120 subjects encapsulated by the renowned PSA Grading Service. The overall weighted G.P.A. of this seldom offered treasure chest stands at an imposing 3.06, and if you aren’t impressed with that figure you should strongly reassess your conviction. Substantiating the imposing challenge of gathering every subject is PSA’s world-class Set Registry which currently lists only a SINGLE OTHER 100% completed set! Indeed that is correct, with the 3rd finest E90-1 compilation only 99.17% complete and tallying a paltry 1.40 Weighted G.P.A. Therefore, this incredible 2nd premier E90-1 offering surpasses its next competitor by an astounding 1.66 G.P.A., or more than half of the #3 set’s Weighted G.P.A. Needless to say, like many of the other early “E” card issues, the E90-1 set is also plagued by condition sensitivity issue with 37 or 31% of this offering’s total cards only bested by 4 cards or less (Pop 1 higher – 5 cards; Pop 2 higher – 13 cards; Pop 3 higher – 7 cards; Pop 4 higher – 12 cards)!

A few of the fascinating aspects of the E90-1 American Caramel Set are the myriad of Hall of Famers and scarcities included in the 120 subjects. The 30 Cooperstown inductees account for a solid 25% of the total, with 24 of the 30 HOFs separate players and the remaining 6 repeat variations. In fact, the set’s most prestigious subject isn’t even a Cooperstown inductee, with “Shoeless” Joe Jackson’s iconic rookie card the key card in the set (along with the Mike Mitchell Cincinnati variation). Furthermore, there are a number of extremely tough subjects to obtain with the three most difficult players including: Mike Mitchell/Cincinnati, Peaches Graham, and Bill Sweeney/Boston. Following the “Big 3” in rarity are Wee Willie Keller/Red Background, Harry Bemis, and Fred Clarke/Pittsburgh with the next scarcity tier including Tris Speaker, Hugh Duffy, Ed Walsh, Ed Karger, and Jake Stahl. More significant is the “Who’s Who” of dead-ball era stars on the checklist including Joe Jackson’s hallowed rookie card, Ty Cobb, 2 Honus Wagner’s, Christy Mathewson, 2 Cy Young’s, Tris Speaker, 2 Addie Joss specimens, 3 Willie Keeler’s, Nap Lajoie, Eddie Plank, etc…..with 16 additional Hall of Famers. Of special note is the absolutely outstanding PSA 2.5 Joe Jackson that depicts aesthetic qualities easily consistent with a “VG/EX” to “EX” technical assessment.

Only recently this card was purchased in our December 2011 auction for a substantial $23K+ figure by our esteemed consignor, a testament to its unquestionable mid-grade eye appeal. In closing we would like to add that a majority of the E90-1 American Caramel sets offered at auction EXCLUDE the “Shoeless” Joe Jackson rookie card, with most auction houses pulling out Jackson’s immortal inaugural card and offering it as a separate lot. Such is NOT the case with this extraordinary candy compilation that resides as the second finest PSA Registered set on the planet! The numerical grade distribution for the 120 subjects is as follows: (2 Cards) EX-MT/6; (5 Cards) EX/5; (1 Card) VG/EX+/4.5; (36 Cards) VG/EX/4; (1 Card) VG/EX/4MK; (5 Cards) VG+/3.5; (28 Cards) VG/3; (11 Cards) Good+/2.5; (25 Cards) Good/2; (2 Cards) Fair/1.5; (4 Cards) Poor/1. In order to provide you with a clear understanding of each player’s assigned grade, listed below in alphabetical order are all of the subjects and their respective PSA technical assessments: Bailey (2), Home Run Baker/HOF (4), Barry (3), Bell (2.5), Bemis (2), Bender/HOF (2.5), Bescher (2.5), Blankenship (2), Bliss (3), Bradley (4.5), Bransfield/”P” on Shirt (3.5), Bransfield/No “P” (4), Bresnahan/HOF (4MK), Bridwell (3.5), Brown/Boston (3), Mordecai Brown/HOF (3), Bush (5), Butler (3), Camnitz (1), Chance/HOF (5), Chase (4), Clarke/HOF/Philadelphia (4), Clarke/HOF/Pittsburg (4), Clement (3), Ty Cobb/HOF (4), Eddie Collins/HOF (3), Crawford/HOF (5), Corridon (2), Criger (2), G.Davis (2), H.Davis (4), Demmitt (3), Donlin (3), Donovan (4), Dooin (6), Dougherty (2), Duffy/HOF (2), Dygert (3.5), Ellis (2), Engle (4), Fromme (2), Gibson/Back View (4), Gibson/Front View (4), Peaches Graham (4), Grant (4), Gray (2), Groom (3), Hall (4), Hartzell/Fielding (3.5), Hartzell/Batting (2), Heitmuller (3), Howell/Follow-Thru (4), Howell/Wind-Up (2), Irwin (3), Isbell (3), Joe Jackson Rookie Card (2.5), Jennings/HOF (4), Jordon (2.5), Joss/HOF (3), Joss/Pitching (3), Karger (3), Keeler/HOF/Portrait Pink (4), Keeler/HOF/Portrait Red (2), Keeler/HOF/Throwing (3), Knight (2.5), Krause (2), Lajoie/HOF (4), Leach/Throwing (1), Leach/Batting (4), Leever (2), Lobert (1), Lumley (4), Marquard/HOF (4), Matthewson/HOF (4), McInnes (2.5), McIntyre (5), McLean (1.5), McQuillan (4), Miller (4), F. Mitchell/NY (5), Mike Mitchell/Cincinnati (3), Mullin (4), Oakes (2), O’Connor (2.5), O’Leary (3), Overall (2.5), Pastorius (4), Phelps (3), Plank/HOF (3), Richie (3), Schaefer (2.5), Schlitzer (2), Seigle (2), Shean (2), Sheckard (3), Speaker/HOF (3), Stahl (2.5), Stanage (6), Stone/No Hands Visible (4), Stone/Left hand Visible (3), Stovall (3), Summers (4), Bill Sweeney/Boston (2), Jeff Sweeney/NY (3), Jesse Tannehill/Chicago AL (3), Fred Tannehill/Chicago NL (4), Tenney (4), Ira Thomas/Phil. (4), Roy Thomas/Boston (4), Tinker/HOF (2.5), Unglaub (2), Upp (2), Wagner/HOF/Batting (4), Wagner/HOF/Throwing (3), Wallace/HOF (4), Ed Walsh/HOF (1.5), Willis/HOF (4), Wiltse (4), Cy Young/HOF/Cleveland (1), Cy Young/HOF/Boston (2)

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Extraordinary 100% Complete E90-1 American Caramel Set – All PSA Graded & the Current 2nd Best Complete Set on the PSA Set Registry (3.06 Weighted G.P.A.)!

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Minimum Bid: $20,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $51,021.25
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Friday, July 20, 2012.
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