1910 A.W.H. Caramels Virginia State League Set (E222)
‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||E222 A.W.H. Brand Caramels Virginia State League
|Size||1 1/2″ x 2 3/4″
|Number in Set
E222 A.W.H. Caramels Virginia State League Overview
The E222 A.W.H. Caramels Virginia league set featured players from teams in that league. Card fronts featured a player image, name, and team, and the backs included an ad for the A.W.H. (Arthur W. Havens) Caramel company.
Despite the fact that this is a minor league set with relatively unknown players, the cards are valuable, largely because of the extreme rarity of the set.
By far, the most distinctive part of these cards is that they were printed with only a single ink color as opposed to being printed in full color. The cards for the different players can be found with different colors. In other words, the same player can have cards with different color tints. Some of the blue-tint card fronts appear to be black and white. These cards have either a blue, green, orange, or reddish tint.
As stated on the backs, cards were produced by Fulton Press, a company local to Virginia in Richmond. As shown here, there were some variations of the backs as well. The text was generally the same with the A.W.H. Brand Caramels name as well as the ‘Base Ball Series’ and ‘Va. State League’ text. However, the fonts, colors, and borders varied quite a bit.
The exact date of production for this set is not known. However, it is believed to have originated from around 1910 and most sources list it as such.
In addition to the backs pictured, a much rarer back can be found with the initials A.W.A. instead of A.W.H. It isn’t known what those initials stood for but there has been speculation about it being the name of the father and two of the sons.
Many of the players are found as minor leaguers/southern leaguers with the same artwork in the popular T206 set. While 12 cards are in the set, each card can be found in multiple tints, which means that a master checklist is considerably larger.
E222 A.W.H. Caramels Virginia State League Checklist
While 12 cards are identified in most checklists, I have only identified nine to date. Cards that appear in other checklists but that I have not yet verified are Ison, Perry Lipe, and Dutch Revelle.
- Tom Guiheen
- Bock Hooker
- Perry Lipe
- Pat McCauley
- William Otey
- Dutch Revelle
- Ray Ryan
- Shag Shaughnessy
- Paul Sieber
- Arthur Smith
- Guy Titman