Friday, June 12, 2015

Vintage Card Of The Month: 1932 U.S. Caramel Presidents Chester A. Arthur

This VCoM comes from the 1932 U.S. Caramel Presidents release, our 21st President Chester A. Arthur. Arthur came in to office in September 1881 following President Garfield’s assassination, so as Vice-President he took over without an election. The relationship between Garfield and Arthur was quite strained to the point of dislike between the men. When Arthur took over there was conflict with the Cabinet, who were all selected by Garfield. Everyone was replaced except for the Secretary of War, Robert T. Lincoln.

The 1932 U.S. Caramel Presidents cards were inserted in to packs of caramel, initially there were 31 cards depicting the U.S. Presidents from George Washington through Herbert Hoover but in 1933 a Franklin D Roosevelt card was issued bringing the set to 32 cards. Most cards will state 31 cards though. As expected the George Washington and Abraham Lincoln cards are the most popular and sell for significantly more than the other cards. There are three versions; Orange, Red and Blue with Blue being the rarest.

The card is in rough condition with a crease running across the middle of the card, the card is also miscut. The back of the card shows the crease and the miscut plus there is also what appears to be burn marks or soot along the bottom.

Most of these cards go for a nice chunk of change with even the lower condition raw cards hitting in the $20-50 range, low graded copies can sell for well over $50 and even the middle grade cards will hit $100 or more. This card was less than $4 shipped so I was very fortunate to get this copy.

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