1916 Sporting News / Mendelsohn Set (M101-4)

‘It’s In The Details’

Title M101-4 Sporting News / Felix Mendelsohn
Year 1916
Size 1 5/8″ x 3″
Images Black and White
Type Various
Number in Set

1916 M101-4 Sporting News / Felix 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 M101-4 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. The set is a near parallel of the similar M101-5 set.

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 set is widely known for producing what is considered by many to be the Babe Ruth rookie card.

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.

More than Sporting News

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.

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 M101-4 Sporting News / Felix Mendelsohn Checklist

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

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