It’s In The Details’
|Title||PE4 Cameo Pepsin Gum Pins
|Size||1 1/4″ diameter
|Number in Set
1898 PE4 Cameo Pepsin Gum Pins Overview
Produced in 1898, the PE4 Cameo Pepsin Gum pins are among the oldest known when it comes to baseball issues. They are classified as PE4 by Jefferson Burdick in the American Card Catalog as they were a pin issue but one that was also distributed with a candy product (hence the ‘E’ in the PE designation).
The pins have a sepia tone and feature a portrait of a player on the front along with his name and team. The backs have an advertisement for Cameo Pepsin Gum that states that the gum is made by the American Pepsin Gum Company in Newark, New Jersey and that the pins are made by The Whitehead & Hoag Company, also in Newark. That information is supplied on a paper insert.
The pins are ultra rare and expensive when found. More than 100 are known to be in the set, which includes numerous variations. The American Card Catalog states that these were also distributed with El Capitan Gum.