1922 American Caramel Set (E122)

‘It’s In The Details’

Title E122 American Caramel
Year 1922
Size 2″ x 3 1/4″
Images Black and White
Type Candy/Caramel
Number in Set

E122 American Caramel Overview

E122 Backe122-eversThe E122 American Caramel set is a similar issue in appearance to the E121 release. Fronts include black and white images with the player’s name, position, and team.

The biggest difference in terms of design on the front is that the border around the picture was extended to also include the text at the bottom. The text area is shaded to help it appear as a distinct area apart from the photograph. The backs are similar to the E121 Set of 80 as well, mentioning the cards as part of a set of 80 and distributed by the American Caramel Company.

The checklist is also closely tied to the E121 American Caramel Set of 80. While there are more E121 Set of 80 cards, every confirmed E122 American Caramel card is found in that set.

The cards are also somewhat close in appearance to the E220 National Caramel cards. E220 cards, like these, also have a box at the bottom.

Unlike the E121 cards, though, these aren’t as collector-friendly in part because of their scarcity and subsequently higher prices. To date, fewer than 300 have been graded by PSA and SGC combined. Typically, eBay will have only a few dozen at any given time.

The cards are commonly off center. They are quite often found with large borders of white space on either the side or top/bottom. Well-centered cards from this set can be a challenging find for any collector.


While the cards in this set have a box at the bottom with the player’s name, position, and team information, there is at least one known variation to this formula.

The card of Ferd Schupp is a little different from the others. As this auction claims, his card is the only one in the set without the box at the bottom. However it is most certainly an E122 card as confirmed by the advertisement on the back as well as the screen/filter picture used.

I am unsure if a Schupp version with the box exists but have not yet seen one. It is possible that all of his cards have this missing box.

Checklisting Issues

Numerous checklists have been developed for this set over the years. But as I outlined here, several cards have almost certainly been added in error. Grading companies have mislabeled some cards, calling them E122s and that has probably contributed to the confusion.

As I outlined here, several cards that are routinely in E122 checklists probably do not belong.

E122 American Caramel Checklist

Several cards are commonly listed as being included in this set but have not been confirmed. That list is presented here first. Adding fuel to the fire, only Harris’ card has been graded by any of the three main grading companies (SGC has graded one) and his is one that is not likely to exist so that could be in error.

  • Cecil Causey
  • Sam Harris
  • Perry Lipe
  • Fred Schupp (incorrect spelling)
  • George Sisler Batting

Cards in the actual checklist that have been confirmed are presented below.

  1. Grover Alexander
  2. Jim Bagby
  3. Home Run Baker
  4. Dave Bancroft
  5. Ping Bodie
  6. George Burns (Cleveland)
  7. George Burns (New York)
  8. Owen Bush
  9. Max Carey
  10. Ty Cobb
  11. Eddie Collins
  12. Jake Daubert
  13. George Dauss
  14. Charles Deal
  15. William Doak
  16. Bill Donovan
  17. Johnny Evers
  18. Red Faber
  19. Eddie Foster
  20. W.L. Gardner
  21. Kid Gleason
  22. Hank Gowdy
  23. John Graney
  24. Tom Griffith
  25. Harry Heilmann
  26. Walter Holke
  27. Charles Hollocher
  28. Harry Hooper
  29. Rogers Hornsby
  30. William Jacobson
  31. Hughie Jennings
  32. Walter Johnson
  33. James Johnston
  34. Joe Judge
  35. George Kelly
  36. Dickie Kerr
  37. P.J. Kilduff
  38. Bill Killefer
  39. John Lavan
  40. Nemo Leibold
  41. Duffy Lewis
  42. Al Mamaux
  43. Rabbit Maranville
  44. Carl Mays
  45. John McGraw
  46. Jack McInnis
  47. Clyde Milan
  48. Otto Miller
  49. Guy Morton
  50. Eddie Murphy
  51. Hy Myers
  52. Steve O’Neill
  53. Roger Peckinpaugh
  54. Jeff Pfeffer
  55. Wally Pipp
  56. E.C. Rice
  57. Eppa Rixey
  58. Babe Ruth
  59. Slim Sallee
  60. Ray Schalk
  61. Wally Schang
  62. Ferd Schupp
  63. Everett Scott
  64. Hank Severeid
  65. George Sisler (Throwing)
  66. Tris Speaker
  67. Milton Stock
  68. Amos Strunk
  69. Chester Thomas
  70. George Tyler
  71. Jim Vaughn
  72. Bob Veach
  73. Oscar Vitt
  74. W. Wambsganss
  75. Zack Wheat
  76. Fred Williams
  77. Ivy Wingo
  78. Smoky Joe Wood
  79. Pep Young

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