E91 (1908) American Caramel Baseball Cards
Manufacturer: American Caramel Co.
Year of Issue: 1908-10
Set Size: 99 Cards (Series A-33 cards, B-33 cards, C-33 cards)
Card Size: 1-1/2” x 2-3/4”
Issued in 3 series. It is widely believed that E91-A was issued in 1908, E91-B in 1909, and E91-C in 1910.
Caramel cards in general are much rarer than tobacco cards of the era. Because they were issued with caramels one card per package and sold to children (as opposed to being sold to adults with tobacco), they also tend to survive in a much lower grade.
Often considered the least collected type of caramel cards due to the inaccurate portrayal of certain players on the cards. The cards were issued between the 1908 and 1910 in 3 series (A,B, and C). The art that was used in the A set was duplicated in the B and C sets, and only the players name changed. This obviously resulted in cards showing the picture of one player with the name of a different player. Of all 99 cards issued, only 78 are unique.
Set A & B show players from the following teams: Philadelphia Athletes, New York Giants and Chicago Cubs. Set C shows players from the following teams: Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Senators and Boston Red Sox.
Price Guide (Complete Set)
- Christy Mathewson
- Tris Speaker
- Walter Johnson
- Joe Tinker
- Eddie Plank
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