1916 Sporting News / Mendelsohn Set (M101-5)

‘It’s In The Details’

Title M101-5 Sporting News / Mendelsohn
Year 1916
Size 1 5/8″ x 3″
Images Black and White
Type Various
Number in Set

1916 M101-5 Sporting News / Mendelsohn Overview

m101-4-006-archerA total of nine different subsets make up the famous M101 Sporting News and Supplements series. The nine subsets are categorized as M-Cards in the Periodicals section of the American Card Catalog. The nine sets are a mixture of both cards and large supplements issued by the Sporting News. With approximately 700 cards and supplements, the issue is a large one, to say the least.

The M101-5 series is one of the more well known-issues and includes smaller, traditional trading cards. The cards feature black and white images of players along with the name, position, team, and card number on the bottom. It is very similar to the M101-4 set with some player differences.

Most players are found in both the M101-4 and M101-5 sets, although some are only in one. A key addition in the M101-5 set not found in M101-4 is a card of multi-sport athlete Jim Thorpe, who played a few seasons of baseball.

The key to the set is the major league rookie card of Babe Ruth.

Babe Ruth Rookie Card

M101-4 151 RuthThe most important card in the set is undoubtedly the major league rookie card of Babe Ruth. Even beyond this set, the card is one of the most valuable baseball cards of all time.

The card is No. 151 in this set and is also found in the similar M101-5 set. It features Ruth as a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox. Ruth is seen throwing the ball, which is quite ironic since he would become known as the greatest slugger of all time.

Its popularity and value is such that it is one of the more heavily faked pre-war cards. Even low-grade examples these days are often more than $100,000. Like the Honus Wagner T206 card, finding one raw is usually cause for skepticism.

A few other key rookies beyond Babe Ruth exist in the sets. Hall of Famers George Sisler and Red Faber, among other players, have recognized rookie issues in both M101-4 and M101-5.

Here’s more on this iconic baseball card.

Sporting News Misnomer

While the set is often called the Sporting News set, numerous advertisers used these cards in their own sets. A better name for the set would be the Mendelsohn set as they were created by Felix Mendelsohn.

That is particularly true for the M101-5 set since Sporting News cards only exist in the M101-4 set. Calling the M101-4 set the Sporting News set is only partially accurate but assigning that name to M101-5 is entirely incorrect. I’ve classified the set here, in part, as the Sporting News set since that is the name it is often known by. However, there are no M101-5 Sporting News cards and a better name would be, as stated, the Mendelsohn set.

While the set is often called the Sporting News set, numerous advertisers used these cards in their own sets in both the M101-4 and M101-5 sets. Some sets used the checklist from M101-4 while others used the checklist from M101-5. Others used a mixed checklist from both sets. Each company used its own advertising on the backs and numerous advertisers exist, including:

Some companies have different types of backs, too.

Reprints and Fakes

Reprints and fakes of these cards exist. Official reprints are relatively easy to spot as the word ‘reprint’ is at the bottom.

However beware of cards that measure short and appear trimmed at the bottom to remove that text. Additionally, reprinted cards from this set will often have a much brighter white border area than the authentic ones.

With regards to fakes, some of those are easy to spot. The biggest telltale sign is that many of them have a large white space in between the photograph and the black border around the picture. Not all reprints have this large space but some do.

Authentic cards, such as one shown here, can have a tiny space between the photo and border. However, the non-authentic cards have a much larger space.

1916 M101-5 Sporting News / Mendelsohn Checklist

This is the checklist of confirmed cards per the PSA pop report. Note that some players share card numbers.

  1. Babe Adams
  2. Sam Agnew
  3. Eddie Ainsworth
  4. Grover Alexander
  5. Leon Ames
  6. Jimmy Archer
  7. Jimmy Austin
  8. Home Run Baker
  9. Dave Bancroft
  10. Jack Barry
  11. Zinn Beck
  12. Beals Becker / Lute Boone
  13. Joe Benz
  14. Bob Bescher
  15. Al Betzel
  16. Roger Bresnahan
  17. Eddie Burns
  18. George J. Burns
  19. Joe Bush
  20. Owen Bush
  21. Art Butler
  22. Bobby Byrne
  23. Mordecai Brown / Forrest Cady
  24. Jimmy Callahan
  25. Ray Caldwell
  26. Max Carey
  27. George Chalmers
  28. Frank Chance
  29. Ray Chapman
  30. Larry Cheney
  31. Eddie Cicotte
  32. Tom Clarke
  33. Eddie Collins
  34. Shauno Collins
  35. Charles Comiskey
  36. Joe Connolly
  37. Luther Cook
  38. Jack Coombs
  39. Dan Costello
  40. Harry Coveleski
  41. Gavvy Cravath
  42. Sam Crawford
  43. Jean Dale
  44. Jake Daubert
  45. George Davis
  46. Charles Deal
  47. Al Demaree
  48. William Doak
  49. Bill Donovan
  50. Red Dooin
  51. Mike Doolan
  52. Larry Doyle
  53. Jean Dubuc
  54. Oscar Dugey
  55. Johnny Evers
  56. Red Faber
  57. Happy Felsch
  58. Bill Fischer
  59. Ray Fisher
  60. Max Flack
  61. Art Fletcher
  62. Eddie Foster
  63. Jacques Fournier
  64. Del Gainor
  65. Larry Gardner
  66. Joe Gedeon
  67. Gus Getz
  68. George Gibson
  69. Wilbur Goode
  70. Hank Gowdy
  71. John Graney
  72. Tom Griffith
  73. Heinie Groh
  74. Earl Hamilton
  75. Bob Harmon
  76. Roy Hartzell
  77. Claude Hendrix
  78. Olaf Henriksen
  79. John Henry
  80. Buck Herzog
  81. Hugh High
  82. Dick Hoblitzell
  83. Harry Hooper
  84. Ivan Howard
  85. Miller Huggins
  86. Joe Jackson
  87. William James
  88. Harold Janvrin
  89. Hughie Jennings
  90. Walter Johnson
  91. Fielder Jones
  92. Bennie Kauff
  93. Bill Killefer
  94. Ed Konetchy
  95. Nap Lajoie
  96. Jack Lapp
  97. John Lavan
  98. Jimmy Lavender
  99. Nemo Leibold
  100. H.B. Leonard
  101. Duffy Lewis
  102. Hans Lobert
  103. Tom Long
  104. Fred Luderus
  105. Connie Mack
  106. Lee Magee
  107. Al Mamaux
  108. Leslie Mann
  109. Rabbit Maranville
  110. Rube Marquard
  111. Armando Marsans
  112. Erskine Mayer
  113. George McBride
  114. John McGraw
  115. Jack McInnis
  116. Fred Merkle
  117. Chief Meyers
  118. Clyde Milan
  119. Otto Miller
  120. Willie Mitchell
  121. Fred Mollwitz
  122. Herbie Moran
  123. Pat Moran
  124. Ray Morgan
  125. George Moriarty
  126. Guy Morton
  127. Ed Murphy
  128. John Murray
  129. Hy Myers
  130. J.A. Niehoff
  131. Les Nunamaker
  132. Rube Oldring
  133. Oliver O’Mara
  134. Steve O’Neill
  135. Dode Paskert
  136. Roger Peckinpaugh
  137. E.J. Pfeffer
  138. George Pierce
  139. Wally Pipp
  140. Derril Pratt
  141. Bill Rariden
  142. Eppa Rixey
  143. Davey Robertson
  144. Wilbert Robinson
  145. Bob Roth
  146. Edd Roush
  147. Clarence Rowland
  148. Nap Rucker
  149. Dick Rudolph
  150. Reb Russell
  151. Babe Ruth
  152. Vic Saier
  153. Slim Sallee
  154. Germany Schaefer
  155. Ray Schalk
  156. Wally Schang
  157. Charles Schmidt
  158. Frank Schulte
  159. Everett Scott
  160. Jim Scott
  161. Tom Seaton
  162. Howard Shanks
  163. Bob Shawkey
  164. Ernie Shore
  165. Burt Shotton
  166. George Sisler
  167. J. Carlisle Smith
  168. Fred Snodgrass
  169. George Stallings
  170. Oscar Stanage
  171. Casey Stengel
  172. Milton Stock
  173. Amos Strunk
  174. Billy Sullivan
  175. Charles Tesreau
  176. Jim Thorpe
  177. Joe Tinker
  178. Fred Toney
  179. Terry Turner
  180. Jim Vaughn
  181. Bob Veach
  182. James Viox
  183. Oscar Vitt
  184. Honus Wagner
  185. Clarence Walker
  186. Bobby Wallace
  187. Zack Wheat
  188. Buck Weaver
  189. Carl Weilman
  190. George Whitted
  191. Fred Williams
  192. Art Wilson
  193. Owen Wilson
  194. Ivy Wingo
  195. Mel Wolfgang
  196. Smoky Joe Wood
  197. Steve Yerkes
  198. Rollie Zeider
  199. Heinie Zimmerman
  200. Ed Zwilling

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