1914 Blankets Set (B18)

‘It’s In The Details’

Title B18 Blankets
Year 1914
Size 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ (card size)
Images Color
Type Blanket/Felt
Number in Set
90 (181 or 198 with variations)

B18 Blankets Overview

001.jpgThese were thin square pieces of fabric featuring various baseball players. In addition to a player image, his team, and name, some pennants and pieces of baseball equipment are also featured. Backs are blank but the fabric colors and images are seen through them.

Images of the players feature a variety of poses — some are hitting while others are fielding or throwing. All have the pennants on the field and the equipment is always seen in the corners.

A total of 90 different players were included, nine from a total of ten different teams. Six teams, the White Sox, Red Sox, Phillies, Athletics, Reds, and Cubs, did not have any players included, for whatever reason. Some checklists cite 91 players, but one is only a misspelling (Marty Cavanaugh of the Detroit Tigers should be spelled as ‘Kavanagh’) and not a different player. In reality, there are 90 different players in the set with one spelling error. With a few exceptions, each player has two different color variations.

As this site indicates, these were folded and placed inside of packages of Egyptienne Straights Cigarettes. As shown in the picture, it is easy to see these were folded. Many that you find will still be seen with the remnants of the folding even though they are more than 100 years old. In addition, as they are made of fabric, it is common to find these with frayed edges. The edges are often also uneven/hand cut.

Even though many are missing from the teams that were left out, the set includes numerous stars and Hall of Famers. That, coupled with all of the variations (see below in the checklist area), makes this release difficult to complete.

The blankets aren’t necessarily all that expensive (you can find some stars for as little as $20-$25, in fact) but with all of the variations, it makes completing a true master set a little difficult.

Red Infield Blankets

B18 Blanket Red InfieldWhile 181 is the number most commonly cited for a full set, it should be noted that 17 additional blankets with red infields exist. Even though 181 is often considered a complete set, in actuality, there are at least 198 different blankets if you include the scarce red infield ones.

Not all players have red infield variations. In fact, this specific variation is limited to only players from the Braves and Tigers.

The red infield blankets have, as you would expect, red-colored infields. These are quite rare and very expensive, generally selling for a few thousand dollars. The most expensive red infield blanket is the one featuring Ty Cobb and his has sold for nearly $10,000.

Collectors unfamiliar with this set should be careful when looking for red infield blankets. Many blankets have red basepaths (the rectangular areas outside of the playing field surface). However, the truly scarce red infield versions have a red background behind the player as shown on the one presented here.

Here’s more on the red infield blankets.

B18 Blankets Checklist

The B18 blanket checklist is a confusing one. In all, there are 90 players (nine each from the ten major league teams) that make up the 1914 B18 Blanket set. However, with variations, the total number of issues 181 that comprise an accepted complete set.

Red infield cards are not always considered to be true variations, however. Some believe that they are a result of a printing flaw and, thus, not really a variation. Depending on the collector, the number of this complete master checklist could be either 181 or 198.

Below is a checklist minus the variations.

  1. Babe Adams
  2. Sam Agnew
  3. Ed Ainsmith
  4. Jimmy Austin
  5. Del Baker
  6. Johnny Bassler
  7. Paddy Baumann
  8. Luke Boone
  9. George Burns
  10. George Burns
  11. Max Carey
  12. Frank Chance
  13. Ray Chapman
  14. Ty Cobb
  15. King Cole
  16. Joe Connolly
  17. Harry Coveleski
  18. George Cutshaw
  19. Jake Daubert
  20. Ray Demmitt
  21. Bill Doak
  22. Cozy Dolan
  23. Larry Doyle
  24. Art Fletcher
  25. Eddie Foster
  26. Del Gainor
  27. Chick Gandil
  28. George Gibson
  29. Hank Gowdy
  30. Jack Graney
  31. Eddie Grant
  32. Tommy Griffith
  33. Earl Hamilton
  34. Topsy Hartzell
  35. Miller Huggins
  36. John Hummell
  37. Ham Hyatt
  38. Joe Jackson
  39. Bill James
  40. Walter Johnson
  41. Marty Kavanagh (also found spelled ‘Kavanaugh’)
  42. Ray Keating
  43. Joe Kelly
  44. Ed Konetchy
  45. Nemo Leibold
  46. Fritz Maisel
  47. Les Mann
  48. Rabbit Maranville
  49. Bill McAllister
  50. George McBride
  51. Chief Meyers
  52. Clyde Milan
  53. Dots Miller
  54. Otto Miller
  55. Willie Mitchell
  56. Danny Moeller
  57. Ray Morgan
  58. George Moriarty
  59. Mike Mowrey
  60. Red Murray
  61. Ivy Olson
  62. Steve O’Neill
  63. Marty O’Toole
  64. Roger Peckinpaugh
  65. Hub Perdue
  66. Del Pratt
  67. Hank Robinson
  68. Nap Rucker
  69. Slim Sallee
  70. Howard Shanks
  71. Burt Shotton
  72. Red Smith
  73. Fred Snodgrass
  74. Bill Steele
  75. Casey Stengel
  76. Jeff Sweeney
  77. Jeff Tesreau
  78. Terry Turner
  79. Lefty Tyler
  80. Jim Viox
  81. Bull Wagner
  82. Bobby Wallace
  83. Dee Walsh
  84. Jimmy Walsh
  85. Bart Whaling
  86. Zack Wheat
  87. Possum Whitted
  88. Gus Williams
  89. Owen Wilson
  90. Hooks Wiltse

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