Extremely rare 1928 Harrington's Ice Cream Earl Smith-Green Print #48 SGC 30 GD 2 - Only Two Known! The practice of inserting a thin cardboard insert cards as an inducement to purchase tobacco or a food item is a tradition that goes back over 125 years. Little did wide-eyed innocent youngsters spending his/her pennies and nickels know the joke was on them. To enhance sales, the practice of not printing a particular card or severely limiting the public distribution of a single card when an exchange program where complete sets of cards were redeemed for a valuable prize were instituted. The existence of these rarities is the lore of legend and some of the most valuable and treasured cards in the hobby. At the top of this list are the Butter Cream Babe Ruth, 1932 US Caramels Fred Lindstrom, V117 Maple Crispette Casey Stengel and Ivy Andrews from the R300 George Miller series. When a set was returned along with a prize to a consumer, the cards were canceled in some distinctive manner. The act of stamping, hole punching and even cutting cards in half was employed. Harrington's Ice Cream cards are small Black-and-White cards which appeared in 1928 and are quite scarce today. The backs advertise a complete set can be redeemed for a gallon of ice cream. Card #48 Earl Smith has only been found in a distinct Green color ink. The size, stock and print quality all match traditional cards except for the hue. We do not believe this is some odd coincidence. To date, over 240 total Harrington's have been submitted to SGC and PSA. PSA has never graded card #48 and this is one of only two graded by SGC. This is the finer copy of the pair. Both employ this green ink format. We maintain this card was the "control card" and the green ink versions we see today are the "canceled" version. This necessity was designed to halt the practice of some enterprising adolescent from turning over the same set more than once. This is no printing glitch which made a letter look like another or where a letter fragment disappeared. We believe Harrington's dealers were supplied this green variation to trade out the black-and-white version, which were then eventually destroyed in some manner. This card and the other Harrington's in this auction are all from the same source. To the skeptic, we remind them that even after all of this time new discoveries are being made. At times, it is one card like the R306 Ruth, other times it is an entire series like the 1920 Peggy Popcorn find. The '33 Goudey Lajoie and R328 Lindstrom have a marquee status all their own in part because they originate from widely distributed and/or immensely popular series. This card originates from a scarce edition and is so incredibly rare its existence could hardly be hyped. The facts are this card is many times more rare then the '33 Lajoie, twice as rare as the Lindstrom and equally as rare as the R306 Babe Ruth. What other card can make that heady claim?

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