‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||E97 C.A. Briggs
|Size||1 1/2″ x 2 3/4″
|Number in Set
E97 C.A. Briggs Overview
The 1909 E97 C.A. Briggs (full company name was actually the C.A. Briggs Lozenge Makers) set is one of the rarer E-Card issues. Despite having only 36 cards, completing the set is somewhat difficult.
Cards are printed with color images on the front although black and white cards do exist. These have been referred to (and graded) as proof cards. However, as REA states, that is not true. Actual proofs of a sort do exist, however. Uncut sheets of the color cards were found that had blank backs on them instead of the typical checklist.
The set is lacking compared to other candy cards from the era in terms of name brand. The only Hall of Famers from the set are Joe Kelley, Willie Keeler, and Cy Young.
E97 C.A. Briggs Cy Young Cards and Other Variations
And, by the way, about that Young card …
While the player name on the card is Cy Young, there is little doubt that the image belongs to that of Irv Young. It is unclear which is the error – if the card was truly reserved for Cy Young (the checklist on the back, for the record, states that it is Cy Young in the set) or if it should have been Irv Young and Cy’s name was erroneously added. Whatever the case, it makes for an interesting addition to the set.
30 cards are advertised in the set but there are actually 36 when you consider all of the variations. Harry Steinfeldt has both correct and incorrect versions of his name (one is missing the ‘t’ at the end). Same goes for Mickey Doolan and Topsy Hartsel. In addition, Simon Nichols, Dennis Sullivan, and Young have team variations. Nichols has both Cleveland and Philadelphia cards while Sullivan has Boston and Chicago cards. Young is pictured with both Boston and Cleveland (as shown here). The images on all of those cards are unchanged. The team name at the bottom is the only alteration.
Also of note is that Simon Nicholls’ cards both were misspelled ‘Nichols’. No corrected version is found.
E97 C.A. Briggs Checklist
Below is a full checklist for the entire set. Note that while it is not entirely in alphabetical order, this is the order the cards are listed in the checklist on the card backs.
- Jimmy Austin
- William Bradley
- Joe Birmingham
- Kitty Bransfield
- Bill Carrigan
- Howie Camnitz
- Bull Durham
- Jimmy Dygert
- Mickey Doolan (name spelled correctly)
- Mickey Doolan (name misspelled)
- Josh Devore
- Harry Davis
- Charlie Hemphill
- Bill Hinchman
- Topsy Hartsel (name spelled correctly)
- Topsy Hartsell (name misspelled)
- Rube Kroh
- Red Kleinow
- Joe Kelley
- Willie Keeler
- Matty McIntyre
- Amby McConnell
- Earl Moore
- George Mullin
- Red Murray
- Chief Meyers
- Simon Nicholls – Cleveland
- Simon Nicholls – Philadelphia
- Claude Rossman
- Dennis Sullivan – Boston
- Dennis Sullivan – Chicago
- Harry Steinfeldt (name misspelled ‘Steinfeld’)
- Harry Steinfeldt (name spelled correctly)
- Admiral Schlei
- Irv Young (stated Cy Young on card – Boston)
- Irv Young (stated Cy Young on card – Cleveland)