1915 American Caramel Set (E106)

‘It’s In The Details’

Title American Caramel (E106)
Year 1915
Size 1 1/2″ x 2 3/4″
Images Color
Type Candy/Caramel
Number in Set
48

1915 American Caramel (E106) Overview

E106 10 Cobb.jpg

The 1915 E106 American Caramel set includes color portraits with the player name and team on the fronts. The backs have a message, informing collectors that the set includes 48 players and was distributed by the American Caramel Company.

Backs of the cards do not include a checklist like some other caramel issues. Instead, the backs read:

This card is one of a set of forty-eight leading Baseball Players in the National, American and Federal Leagues. One card is given with every piece of Baseball Caramel manufactured by the American Caramel Co. York, PA under the famous brand of the P.C.W.

Some players were featured on more than one card in different poses. The cards are relatively scarce. To date, PSA has graded only about 300.

Wartime Issue

The most interesting aspect of this set was its dating. Printed in 1915, it was smack dab in the middle of World War I. Some cards are pre-war, others are post-war, but this one was mid-war (just so I’m not confusing anyone here, that’s tongue in cheek).

World War I ran from 1914 through 1918 and there weren’t many baseball cards produced during that time. That, of course, is completely understandable. And even though these cards were produced, it was likely not in large quantities. We know that by the population reports which show not many have been graded in comparison to more popular American Caramel issues like the pre-World War I E90-1 or the post-World War E120 and E121 sets.

Tango Eggs Connection

The set used images found in other sets but its biggest connection could be to the 1916 Tango Eggs set.

The Tango Eggs issue is a rare set only recently made known to most collectors after a big find was discovered in the 1990s. That set was printed a year after this one and while only about 20 cards are known, many feel that it is a 48-card set as this one. That is partially because the cards found utilize the exact same images.

1915 American Caramel (E106) Checklist

  1. Jack Barry
  2. Chief Bender (striped hat)
  3. Chief Bender (white plain hat)
  4. Bob Bescher
  5. Roger Bresnahan
  6. Al Bridwell
  7. Donnie Bush
  8. Hal Chase (portrait)
  9. Hal Chase (fielding)
  10. Ty Cobb (front view)
  11. Ty Cobb (side view)
  12. Eddie Collins
  13. Sam Crawford
  14. Ray Demmitt
  15. Bill Donovan
  16. Red Dooin
  17. Mickey Doolan
  18. Larry Doyle
  19. Clyde Engle
  20. Johnny Evers
  21. Art Fromme
  22. George Gibson (front view)
  23. George Gibson (back view)
  24. Roy Hartzell
  25. Fred Jacklitsch
  26. Hughie Jennings
  27. Otto Knabe
  28. Nap Lajoie
  29. Hans Lobert
  30. Rube Marquard
  31. Christy Mathewson
  32. John McGraw
  33. George McQuillan
  34. Dots Miller
  35. Danny Murphy
  36. Rebel Oakes
  37. Eddie Plank
  38. Germany Schaefer
  39. Tris Speaker
  40. Oscar Stanage
  41. George Stovall
  42. Jeff Sweeney
  43. Joe Tinker (portrait)
  44. Joe Tinker (batting)
  45. Honus Wagner (batting)
  46. Honus Wagner (throwing)
  47. Hooks Wiltse
  48. Heinie Zimmerman

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