1910 Mello-Mint Set (E105)

‘It’s In The Details’

Title E105 Mello Mint
Year 1910
Size 1 1/2″ x 2 5/8″
Images Color
Type Candy/Caramel
Number in Set

E105 Mello-Mint Overview

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The 1910 E105 Mello-Mint set is one of the tougher E-card sets to acquire.

Fronts include color pictures with the player’s name and team. The back has a descriptive ad for Mello-Mint, a gum company. Backs are printed in green ink and state how the cards were distributed:

“This picture is one of the series of 50 base ball players, one of which is wrapped with each five cent package of Smith’s Mello Mint Gum, manufactured only by Texas Gum Company, Inc., Temple, Texas.”

That advertisement is unique not so much for its content but its layout. Despite the cards being mostly vertical on the front, the advertisement on the back was printed horizontally. One of the more notable features of this set is that the cards are printed on thinner card stock than most other series’. That thin stock makes it incredibly difficult to find these cards in great condition.

Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Cy Young, and Christy Mathewson lead the way in this rare set. in addition, the same pictures and players are also found in the E92 and E101 issues. But while the subjects are the same, the Mello Mint cards are undoubtedly much tougher to find. To date, PSA and SGC have combined to grade only a little more than 500 in all.

About Mello-Mint Gum

Mello-Mint was a brand of the Texas Gum Company. The company also produced other gum brands, including Tickle Chickle, Peerless Chips, and Domino. Often, the company would reference these brands in their advertisements.

Those advertisements described Mello-Mint gum as the perfect combination of mint and spearmint. Ads also described the gum as being all over the State of Texas. And as you might guess from the maker’s name and the advertising, the gum was produced in that state.

E105 Mello-Mint Checklist

Here is a full checklist of the entire set. The checklist is the same as the E101 Anonymous Set of 50.

  1. Jack Barry
  2. Harry Bemis
  3. Chief Bender – striped hat
  4. Chief Bender – white hat
  5. Bill Bergen
  6. Bob Bescher
  7. Al Bridwell
  8. Doc Casey
  9. Frank Chance
  10. Hal Chase
  11. Ty Cobb
  12. Eddie Collins
  13. Sam Crawford
  14. Harry Davis
  15. Art Devlin
  16. Bill Donovan
  17. Red Dooin
  18. Mickey Doolan
  19. Patsy Dougherty
  20. Larry Doyle – batting
  21. Larry Doyle – fielding
  22. Johnny Evers
  23. George Gibson
  24. Topsy Hartsel
  25. Fred Jacklitsch
  26. Hughie Jennings
  27. Red Kleinow
  28. Otto Knabe
  29. Jack Knight
  30. Nap Lajoie
  31. Hans Lobert
  32. Sherry Magee
  33. Christy Mathewson
  34. John McGraw
  35. Larry McLean
  36. Dots Miller – batting
  37. Dots Miller – fielding
  38. Dan Murphy
  39. Bill O’Hara
  40. Germany Schaefer
  41. Admiral Schlei
  42. Boss Schmidt
  43. Johnny Seigle
  44. Dave Shean
  45. Boss Schmidt (Smith on card)
  46. Joe Tinker
  47. Honus Wagner – batting
  48. Honus Wagner – fielding
  49. Cy Young
  50. Heinie Zimmerman

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