1908/1909/1910 Anonymous Set of 25 (E102)

‘It’s In The Details’

Title E102 Anonymous Set of 25
Year 1908, 1909, or 1910
Size 1 1/2″ x 2 3/4″
Images Color
Type Candy/Caramel
Number in Set

E102 Anonymous Set of 25 Overview

e102-12-eversDubbed as the E102 Anonymous set of 25, the distributor and maker of the set is currently unknown. It looks like a standard caramel card issue but who it belongs to remains a mystery. The cards are mostly referred to as a 1909 issue but have also been listed as a 1908 or 1910 set. Some sources even say they were produced over more than one year.

At 25 cards, this set included half as many cards as the E101 Anonymous Set of 50. But it shares a lot in common with that since since not only do these same players appear in the E101 issue, but the pictures are exactly the same as well.

Unlike that set, though, a complete checklist was included on the back. That was a little more feasible since there are many fewer E102 cards.

Note that while there are 25 different players, there are actually a total of 29 cards in the set due to some variations for a few players.

Rare Cards

Despite being a small set with only 29 cards, the issue is not easy to complete. Part of that is because the set includes some expensive cards with two Honus Wagners and a Ty Cobb. But part of that is because there are four really tough cards in the set.

One of those, unfortunately, is also a Wagner (the throwing pose). Typically, collectors have the more expensive cards in a set professionally graded and that tends to make it difficult to judge population reports effectively. But even though Wagner is a star, his throwing pose card still has only a very small amount graded by both PSA and SGC.

Other tough ones include the Boss Schmidt card where he is tagging player, Dots Miller fielding pose, and Larry Doyle batting pose. PSA has graded only a handful of each these.

E102 Anonymous Set of 25 Checklist

Here is the full set checklist of the entire set in order of appearance on the back. While I have listed players with variations, note that their names are only listed on the backs of the cards once (thereby showing a total of 25 players).

  1. Ty Cobb
  2. Johnny Evers
  3. Larry Doyle – batting
  4. Larry Doyle – fielding
  5. Red Dooin
  6. Eddie Collins
  7. Nap Lajoie
  8. Dots Miller – batting
  9. Dots Miller – fielding
  10. Sherry Magee
  11. Joe Tinker
  12. Boss Schmidt – bending down tagging player
  13. Boss Smith – throwing ball (should be Schmidt)
  14. Hans Lobert
  15. Honus Wagner – batting
  16. Honus Wagner – fielding
  17. Danny Murphy
  18. Chief Bender
  19. Sam Crawford
  20. Germany Schaefer
  21. Christy Mathewson
  22. Heinie Zimmerman
  23. Hal Chase
  24. Bob Bescher
  25. Dave Shean
  26. Patsy Dougherty
  27. Bill Donovan
  28. Red Kleinow
  29. Otto Knabe

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