1909-13 E254 and E270 Colgan’s Chips Sets and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title E254 and E270 Colgan’s Chips
Year 1909-13
Size Varies
Images Black and White
Type Candy/Caramel
Number in Set

E254 and E270 Colgan’s Chips Overview



The E254 and E270 Colgan’s Chips sets sort of go hand in hand. Both were produced by Colgan’s and were unique, round black and white discs as opposed to a more traditional rectangular card.

The fronts included a player image as well as his name and team name. Backs featured advertisements for the cards. Players in the checklist included both major leaguers and minor leaguers.

A total of three distinct sets make up the Colgan’s Chips series as outlined below. Discs were packaged with Colgan’s gum products. The company’s key feature of its product was that their gum was round.

Even though the cards were circular, Colgan’s apparently experimented with four-sided cards. In addition to the three disc issues, a square, proof set is also known with more than 50 cards. Those cards were similar in design to the discs with only a player image, name, and team on the fronts. Backs of the proofs, however, are blank.

The original set was believed to contain only 208 cards. We know this because some of the bottoms of these cards have a print stating as much (“208 in Present Series” below the statement of the gum being round). These cards are scarce and not easily found, generally deserving of a premium.

E254 Colgan’s Chips

The E254 discs feature backs that read “Stars of the Diamond.” More than 200 discs are included in this series. One was included in every five-cent package of Colgan’s Chips. This was the earliest of the Colgan’s Chips subsets and was produced from 1909-1911. It was the only one of the three that did not offer a premium item as a mail-in offer.

E270-1 Colgan’s Chips

E270-1 Colgan ChipsThe E270-1 set is the most distinctive simply because it has red borders. For that reason, it is the easiest to identify when trying to determine to which subset they belong. Backs stated that by sending in 25 box tops from Colgan’s Violet or Mint Chips that customers would receive a photograph of a World’s Pennant Winning Team. Nearly 200 discs are included in this subset. This series was printed in 1912.

E270-2 Colgan’s Chips

The E270-2 Colgan’s Chips set included more than 200 discs. This is known as the ‘Tin Tops’ subset because the backs state that a customer would receive a photograph of the World’s Pennant Winning Team by sending in 25 tin tops from packages of Colgan’s Violet or Mint Chips and a two-cent stamp. These were believed to be produced in 1912 and 1913.

Colgan’s Chips Checklists

Here is a master checklist of the Colgan’s Chips issues.

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