CGC Cards Certifies Large Group of High-grade 1910 E98 Set of 30 Ty Cobb Cards

Posted on 3/22/2024

A dozen of the famous caramel cards earned grades ranging from CGC 8 to CGC 9.5, making the total group worth well into the six figures.

CGC Cards™ was recently entrusted to authenticate and grade a stellar group of a dozen 1910 E98 Set of 30 Ty Cobb cards with a Red background. Even more impressive, these highly sought-after cards are in excellent condition, with grades ranging from a low of CGC 8 to a high of CGC 9.5. A card with that grade would likely sell for tens of thousands of dollars at auction.

1910 E98 Set of 30 Ty Cobb - Red graded CGC 9.5
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The 1910 E98 Set of 30 is one of the rarest and most coveted sets in the hobby, showcasing cards that feature some of the most popular players of the early 20th century. Seventeen cards in the series feature future Hall of Famers, including iconic figures like Cy Young, Connie Mack, Hans Wagner (known to most as Honus Wagner), Christy Mathewson and many more.

Every card shares the same reverse image, which lists the 30 players in the set along with the city they played in and whether they were in the American or National League. Each card in the set is only 2 ¾ by 1 ½ inches, but the bright, colorful designs make them stand out among other caramel cards of the era.

While each of these Cobb cards are of the red background variety, the series also includes orange and blue backgrounds as well, adding to the attraction of the set. Yet it's the mysterious origins of the 1910 E98 Set of 30 that truly make it unique. Also known as the "Anonymous Set of 30," the specific manufacturer is still unknown to this day.

Not only is this one of the most coveted pre-war baseball sets in the hobby, but the Cobb card is arguably the most desirable of the series, making a group of 12 of these cards exceptionally rare. The legendary MLB Hall of Famer is well-known as one of the greatest to ever play the game and is included in the shortlist of iconic greats from the earliest decades of the MLB, alongside the likes of Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Cy Young and more.

The center fielder set 90 different records during his 23-season career, with some still standing to this day. The longtime Detroit Tigers star was a 12-time AL batting champion, the 1911 AL MVP and the 1909 Triple Crown winner. Cobb was inducted into the first class of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936 and was part of the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

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