1928 Harrington, Sweetman, Tharp, Yuengling Sets (F50)

‘It’s In The Details’

Title F50 Harrington, Sweetman, Tharp, Yuengling
Year 1928
Size 1 3/8″ x 2 1/2″
Images Black and White
Type Food
Number in Set

1928 Harrington, Sweetman, Tharp, Yuengling (F50) Overview

F50 06 Ruth Throwing.jpgWhile four distinct sets make up the F50 designation in the American Card Catalog, each release is very similar to the others.

Harrington’s, Sweetman’s, Tharp’s, and Yuengling’s all produced baseball card sets in 1928. All products are considered food issues, although Sweetman could be considered a candy issue.

While Harrington, Tharp, and Yuengling cards were packaged with ice cream, it was never been truly confirmed what the Sweetman cards were packaged with. I did learn in 2016, though, that Sweetman apparently was in the business of making wax candy. But they also could have produced other products and since the cards and checklist are similar to the others, one could assume that ice cream may have been one of those as well.

Yuengling, of course, is known for its beer. However, they created a line of ice cream products during Prohibition when producing beer was no longer legal. As I outlined here, Yuengling, essentially, used these cards to help them stay in business.

Cards are black and white, measuring around 1 3/8″ x 2 1/2″. Sizes can vary slightly and it also isn’t uncommon to see these cards with a diamond cut.

The cards are okay, but not overly attractive. Many of the images are somewhat grainy in appearance. The set is entirely done in black and white with a player’s name and number at the bottom.

Each set contained 60 cards and the checklists were all nearly identical. Legends such as Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth were included in the sets, among others.

Finally, at least one photograph misidentification exists. Cards for Hall of Famer Bill Terry actually picture lesser known Zeb Terry. That is somewhat interesting as Zeb’s major league career was over in 1922 — several years before the release of these sets.

Back Variations

In all, a total of five backs are known. Each company has a different back mentioning their name and Yuengling has two variations. Pictures of backs for the four companies are pictured below.

F50 Backs

At least one true back variation exists as Yuengling actually had a second type. While one type of Yuengling backs mentions a scooter as a potential redemption item, others do not. The variation that does not is pictured above.


Each of the four backs described a particular contest for each manufacturer.

Yuengling, for example, offered a gallon of ice cream for a full set of 60 cards. Yeah, so in hindsight that was an awful deal. The Ruth card could be traded for a quart of ice cream or, per some cards, a $5.00 scooter. Again, crummy trade.

Tharp’s offered the same bad trade for a set but offered an ice cream bar for Ruth cards. Finally, Sweetman’s offered an album for fifteen cents of stamps for collectors to keep their cards.

Ironically, since they didn’t offer something in exchange for the cards (and instead encouraged collectors to keep them), you might expect to find many Sweetman cards still out there. But that is hardly the case and of the four brands, the Sweetman cards may be the most difficult to find.


The quality of the cards was pretty low and you can find some font differences even in between the various issues. Type set can be slightly off on the back advertisements.

The Yuengling cards, for example, exhibit this. Immediately after mentioning that an ice cream novelty will be given for the Ruth card, the word ‘ALSO’ is printed on the next line and centered. That type lines up with the top but varies a little against the bottom text. The ‘O’ in ALSO in one type extends to the ‘g’ in Yuengling’s on the next line. In a second version, the ‘O’ extends slightly past it, to the ‘s’ in Yuengling’s.

Very slight variances shouldn’t be a cause for alarm when determining if an F50 card is authentic. Other such variances in things like strip cards exhibit that type of printing as well.


Rarity for the four backs varies.

By far, the rarest back are the cards for Sweetman. These are rarely seen and, as you would expect, significantly more money. Harrington and Tharp cards are the next rarest with Tharp appearing to be rarer. Yuengling is by far the most common.

1928 Harrington, Sweetman, Tharp, Yuengling (F50) Set Checklists

As stated earlier, the checklist for all four sets is nearly identical. The lone difference for Card No. 59 is highlighted below. Other minor variations exist but the other card numbers are all the same to my knowledge.

  1. Burleigh Grimes
  2. Walter Ruether
  3. Joe Dugan
  4. Red Faber
  5. Gabby Hartnett
  6. Babe Ruth
  7. Bob Meusel
  8. Herb Pennock
  9. George Burns
  10. Joe Sewell
  11. George Uhle
  12. Bob O’Farrell
  13. Rogers Hornsby
  14. Pie Traynor
  15. Clarence Mitchell
  16. Eppa Rixey
  17. Carl Mays
  18. Dolf Luque
  19. Dave Bancroft
  20. George Kelly
  21. Earle Combs
  22. Harry Heilmann
  23. Ray Schalk
  24. Johnny Mostil
  25. Hack Wilson
  26. Lou Gehrig
  27. Ty Cobb
  28. Tris Speaker
  29. Tony Lazzeri
  30. Waite Hoyt
  31. Sherwood Smith
  32. Max Carey
  33. Gene Hargrave
  34. Miguel Gonzalez
  35. Joe Judge
  36. Sam Rice
  37. Earl Sheely
  38. Sam Jones
  39. Bib Falk
  40. Willie Kamm
  41. Stanley Harris
  42. John McGraw
  43. Art Nehf
  44. Grover Alexander
  45. Paul Waner
  46. Bill Terry
  47. Glenn Wright
  48. Earl Smith
  49. Goose Goslin
  50. Frankie Frisch
  51. Joe Harris
  52. Cy Williams
  53. Edd Roush
  54. George Sisler
  55. Ed Rommel
  56. Roger Peckinpaugh
  57. Stan Coveleski
  58. Lester Bell
  59. Lloyd Waner (Clyde Barnhardt is No. 59 in the Sweetman set)
  60. John McInnis

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