1911 Any Confectionery (E-UNC) / Felix Mendelsohn Prototype Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Any Confectionery
Year 1911
Size 1 7/8″ x 3 3/8″
Images Black and White
Type Candy/Caramel
Number in Set
Unknown

1911 Any Confectionery (E-UNC) / Felix Mendelsohn Prototype Overview

1911 Any Confectionery Back.jpg1911 Any Confectionery.jpgThese rare 1911 cards are largely unknown to collectors today. In fact, as of 2015, Heritage Auctions said there are only three known in existence. Heritage calls them Mendelsohn Prototype cards.

The cards are plain in appearance with only a black and white picture of a player, his name, and team at the bottom. The 1911 year is also printed at least giving us an idea of when these were likely printed.

They are similar in appearance to the Mendelsohn M101-4 and M101-5 issues that were distributed by Sporting News and other companies. They vary a little bit in the font type and orientation, however.

This set was apparently supposed to be used by many different companies like those two were. That is evident by the backs. They stated that a picture would be given with every five-cent purchase of Any Confectionery products. Another stamp at one edge reads, “National Circulation System” and “Dubuque, Iowa.” It isn’t clear if ‘Any Confectionery’ was the name of a specific store or simply that any confectionery product was counted in the offer.

1911 Any Confectionery (E-UNC) / Felix Mendelsohn Prototype Checklist

In addition to the Archer card pictured here, one of the other three identified to date appears to be Solly Hofman. However, I have not seen additional information on the third.

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