1911-38 E136-E137 Zee-Nut Sets and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title E136 and E137 Zee-Nut
Year 1911-38
Size Various
Images Black and White / Sepia
Type Candy/Caramel
Number in Set
3,000+

E136 and E137 Zee-Nut Overview

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Zeenut.jpgOne of the more popular pre-war card series for minor league collectors are the Zee-Nut sets. Featuring Pacific Coast League players, a massive number of these cards was produced for nearly 30 years.

In all, 25 Zee-Nut sets were produced. Player images (in both sepia and black and white), names, and teams were on the fronts as well as the Zee-Nut series designation. Most of the names on the front were simply printed without decoration. However, later in the series, they were printed inside of black boxes.

Many of the Zee-Nuts have dates on them either in the form of a four-digit number or a two-digit number. The four-digit numbers indicate the year, obviously. The two-digit numbers do the same, but simply omit the ’19’ from the beginning. For example, the 1929 set simply has a ’29’ printed on it.

Regarding the images used, there is a noticeable difference from the earlier Zee-Nuts to the later ones. From 1911 through 1923, every set except the 1920 issue utilized blank or studio type backgrounds. From 1924 through the end of the series (with the exception of 1932), however, the backgrounds were actual stadium shots. If you have a Zee-Nut without a background, chances are it is one of the earlier ones in the set. If it has a picture of a stadium (like the second one shown here), it is likely one of the later ones.

Rough dating can also be estimated from the font types on the cards to some small degree. Zee-Nut used a distinctive italicized font every year from the start of the series all the way through 1930. The sets from 1931-38 had a more regular font, although the 1932 issue is slightly italicized.

Backs were blank. Most of the cards originally had coupons attached to them. Over the years, most of the coupons have since been removed. However, cards with them are worth significantly more.

Part of the reason for the popularity of the Zee-Nut series is its affordability. Low-grade cards often sell for under $20. The cards are found in various sizes since the series spanned nearly 30 years and had different layouts. The sizes of the cards ranged from approximately 1 3/4″ in width to just over 4″ tall.

More than 3,000 total cards were produced as part of the sets.

E136 and E137 Zee-Nut Set Checklist

Because there are thousands of Zee-Nut cards, I have not provided a full checklist. However, this is a checklist of the sets included in the series (in chronological order).

  • 1911 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1912 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1913 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1914 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1915 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1916 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1917 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1918 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1919 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1920 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1921 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1922 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1923 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1924 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1925 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1926 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1927 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1928 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1929 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1930 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1931 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1932 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League
  • 1933 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League (Sepia)
  • 1933-36 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League (Black and White)
  • 1937-38 Zee-Nut Pacific Coast League

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