The first full set of a rare pre-War set ever to be recorded on PSA’s Set Registry is about to hit the auction block.
Heritage Auctions will offer a 30-card set of 1911 E100 Bishop & Co. cards in its upcoming May catalog auction where it’s expected to fetch $15,000 or more.
Based in Los Angeles, Bishop & Company was a candy confectioner. They produced sets of cards for Pacific Coast League Players in 1910 (E99) and 1911. The cards feature a black and white photo of the player, set against a solid color background. While most of the players in each issue have been forgotten with time and never saw auction in the majors, the E100 set includes Buck Weaver, who would work his way to the big leagues with the Chicago White Sox and was later implicated in the 1919 Black Sox scandal. The Weaver card is graded EX (5).
The set heading to auction was completed with the help of a new find of Bishop & Co. cards out of California. What limited numbers of Bishop & Co. cards exist are typically in rough shape, but the recent discovery included several cards that apparently saw limited handling over the year. The overall rating of the set is 3.2 with ten cards that are pop one, highest graded examples.
The Type 1 E100 cards carry a checklist of the set on the back while Type II examples have blank backs.
The auction is scheduled to open April 16 and close as part of a three-day event May 7-9.