‘It’s In The Details’
|Size||5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ (card size)
|Number in Set
||90 (181 or 198 with variations)
B18 Blankets Overview
These 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.
A total of 90 different players were included (nine from each team). Some checklists cite 91 players, but one is a misspelling (Kavanaugh should be Cavanaugh). In reality, there are 90 different players in the set with one spelling error.
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.
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 were issued for a variety of tobacco manufacturers.
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.
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.
While 181 is the number most commonly cited for a full set, it should be noted that 17 additional blankets with red infields exist. While 181 is often considered a complete set, in actuality, there are at least 198 different blankets if you include the scarce red infield ones.
Red infield cards are not always considered to be true variations, however. Some note that they are a result of a printing flaw and, thus, not really a variation. Depending on the collector, the number of this complete checklist could be either 181 or 198.
Here is a link to a B18 Blanket checklist, including all of the variations.