1913 Voskamp’s Coffee Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Voskamp’s Coffee and Tea
Year 1913
Size 2 1/4″ x 3 5/8″
Images Black and White
Type Coffee
Number in Set
20

Voskamp’s Coffee and Tea Overview

13VC Wagner.jpgIn 1913, Voskamp’s coffee and tea products included one of 20 different baseball players as part of a local promotion in Pittsburgh. The company was Pittsburgh-based and the set included only members of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Voskamp’s is mentioned on the back of being a wholesale grocer in Pittsburgh’s downtown area.

Cards are very plain with a black and white picture of the various players with their name on the front. Backs include a complete checklist. The cards also state that one card was included in each package of Voskamp’s fancy blend coffee or drawing room tea.

As with other pre-war food issues, if a collector assembled a complete set, he/she could trade it in. Unlike others, however, that usually offered a food item or other type of tangible product, collectors could exchange a set for one reserved seat at a Pirates game in the grand stand of Forbes Field, two general admission seats, or four bleacher seats.

The cards were extremely rare and as recently as 2008, a complete set was not even known to REA when they auctioned off a partial set of nine cards that sold for more than $26,000.

Hall of Famer Honus Wagner is the key to this rare issue.

Voskamp’s Coffee and Tea Checklist

Here is the complete checklist for the set as presented in order of the card backs (cards are not numbered)

  • Honus Wagner
  • George Gibson
  • Mike Simon
  • Bill Kelly
  • Marty O’Toole
  • Howie Camnitz
  • Claude Hendrix
  • Joe Conzelman
  • Babe Adams
  • Hank Robinson
  • Jack Ferry
  • Dots Miller
  • Jim Viox
  • Bobby Byrne
  • Max Carey
  • Solly Hofman
  • Owen Wilson
  • Ed Mensor
  • Everett Booe
  • Ham Hyatt

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