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The C.A. Briggs Company Lozenge Makers of Boston Mass. released a 30 player baseball card set (35 total subjects including team and player spelling variations) to promote their brand in the “circa” 1909-1910 period (the exact issue year is still uncertain), with colorful player images and a reverse side 30 subject checklist. Regarded as one of the rarest “E” card issues ever produced, only three Hall of Famers are included in the set including “Wee” Willie Keeler, Joe Kelly and the immortal Cy Young. These cards are ultra-condition sensitive due to their flimsy paper stock with the few examples surfacing in the hobby typically low grade specimens. To assemble a complete E97 Briggs set is a monumental, virtually futile feat, substantiated by the combined SGC and PSA Set Registry Reports currently indicating only two complete 35 subject master sets (including the 5 variation cards) with only a handful of others in the 80 – 90% complete range. There are; however, a second style of E97’s circulating in the hobby depicting black & white (as opposed to color) player images with “proof” style blank backs. Rarer than the color E97’s, only a sole complete set is included on the SGC registry, with one additional set 93% complete.

As the aforementioned information indicates, assembling any group of E97 artifacts is no simple task for even the advanced enthusiast. With that in mind, Goodwin & Company is proud to present one of the most amazing and significant candy card keepsakes in existence. Offered here is a complete set of E97 Briggs cards in 3 separate uncut sheets with all of the specimens including the color style player images and blank “proof” version backs. These hybrid like E97 panels (as previously stated, blank back single cards are typically seen with black & white images, NOT color) represent a complete 30 card basic set and to the best of our knowledge, are virtually unique. We can practically attest to the fact that at one time, all three panels were part of the same factory manufactured single sheet via an alignment of their wavy horizontal borders as well as some of the reverse side staining perfectly matching its assumed neighboring panel. Listed below are the players, by panel, represented on each sheet as well as their designated variations where applicable:

Sheet#1 (12 players): ROW#1 - HOF-Joe Kelly, Admiral Schlei, HOF-Cy Young (“Cleveland” variation as opposed to “Boston” version), Red Murray, Dennis Sullivan (“Chicago” variation as opposed to “Boston” version), Harry Davis. ROW#2 - Howie Camnitz, Claude Rossmen, Kitty Bransfield, Harry Steinfeldt (correct spelling as opposed to incorrect “Steinfeld” version), Bull Durham, Amby McConnell

This panel measures roughly 5-5/8” x 9-1/8” and would technically grade approximately “Good”, with strong mid-grade visual appeal. An evident diagonal crease near the upper left corner, severe stock loss by the upper right corner, a horizontal crease running through the center portion of Amby McConnell’s image, surface chipping near the left edge and obtrusive blank back soiling/staining/foxing are the major flaws of a sheet that still provides solid obverse aesthetics. A majority of the colorful player’s images still provide vibrant colored hues are free of any obtrusive creasing. Of particular significance are the superb images of Hall of Famers Joe Kelly and Cy Young (with Irv Young’s pose similar to the classic E98 issue). Sheet#2 (12 players): ROW#1 - Matty McIntrye, George Mullin, Josh Devore, Joe Birmingham, Topsy Hartsel (correct spelling as opposed to incorrect “Hartsell” version), Bill Bradley. ROW#2 - HOF-“Wee” Willie Keeler, Bill Heinchman (should be “Hinchman” – no variation/only ONE incorrectly spelled subject), Rube Kroh, Earl Moore, Charlie Hemphill, Mickey Doolan (correct spelling as opposed to incorrect “Dolan” version).

This panel measures roughly 5-3/8” x 9-1/16” and would technically grade approximately “VG”, with fine mid-grade aesthetics. Horizontal creases situated along Bill Bradley’s cap and the center areas of both Doolan and Hemphill’s cards, what appears to be a soiled fingerprint near the left of Keeler’s cap, and some surface chipping near the two lower corners are the primary obverse side blemishes. The minimal blank back staining is minimal, yet critical as it substantiates that this sheet was irrefutably connected to sheet#1 with the edge staining for both forming a perfect continuous match after aligning the two panels. Save the two horizontal creases, the front side player images provide brilliant coloring and overall eye appeal including the significant Cooperstown inductee “Wee” Willie Keller.

Sheet#3 (6 players): Red Kleinow, Jimmy Austin, Jimmy Dygert, Simon Nichols (should be “Nicholls” – no variation/only ONE incorrectly spelled subject), Bill Carrigan, Chief Meyers

This panel measures roughly 2-7/8” x 9-1/8”, and would technically grade approximately “VG-EX”. Brilliant coloring, no major creasing or chipping and a super clean reverse side blank back are all mid-grade technical qualities contributing to this being the superior aesthetically pleasing panel. As the final verification all 3 panels were once part of a single sheet, the top edge wavy cut is an undeniable match to panel#2’s lower left edge, including significant wavy cuts situated near the extreme left and right connecting borders on both sheets.

The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” is by far the best term to summarize this “one of a kind” E97 offering. Post WWII uncut sheets are abundant and while not surfacing often, there are a number of “uncut panel” examples for cardboard issues distributed between WWI and WWII with Goudeys, Diamond Stars and Playballs just a few to mention. With regard to pre-WWI candy and tobacco cards, there are only a handful of known un-cut sheets, with a few of the most renowned specimens being an E93 Standard Caramel set of 3 similar un-cut panels, and the famous 5 player T206 uncut strip including the iconic Honus Wagner. This possibly unique E97 offering certainly suffices as one of the rarest baseball card sheets in existence.

 Since all 3 panels have been safely tucked away in an esteemed private collection for quite some time, one should seize this opportunity as perhaps the final chance to acquire a complete E97 Briggs 30 player basic set via these unparalleled 3 uncut panels. We will now let you decide the true value of this extraordinary museum worthy masterpiece!

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1909-1910 E97 CA Briggs Co. Complete Set of 3 Uncut Panels

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Minimum Bid: $3,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $14,208.10
Number Bids: 11
Auction closed on Friday, June 4, 2010.
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