1911 Cullivan’s Fireside Set (T208) and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title T208 Cullivan’s Fireside
Year 1911
Size 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
Images Color
Type Tobacco
Number in Set
18

1911 Cullivan’s Fireside Overview

T208 Cullivan Fireside Back

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The 1911 T208 Cullivan’s Fireside set is extremely rare. Cards celebrated the 1910 World’s Champion Philadelphia Athletics team.

Fronts included a color picture with the player’s name and team printed in blue ink at the bottom. The blue ink was a little different from what was seen on other tobacco issues of the era, which usually featured dark brown or blank ink. The back had an advertisement for Cullivan’s Fireside tobacco, indicating that one was included in each package of their plain scrap tobacco.

The backs also identified the maker, Thomas Cullivan Tobacco, and the company’s location at 610 Turtle Street in Syracuse, New York.

Numerous other sets recognized the Athletics’ championship team as well. The exact same pictures were also used for the E104-1 Nadja, the D359 Williams Baking, and the D359 Rochester Baking sets. All four of the sets are relatively scarce.

The Athletics team included five Hall of Famers in Home Run Baker, Chief Bender, Eddie Collins, Connie Mack, and Eddie Plank. All five are included in this 18-card set. It may surprise some collectors that Plank appears in this set. After all, he is believed to have not wanted to be linked to tobacco issues. But since this appears to be a generic set that was simply used by different businesses, that could explain his appearance here.

The cards are extremely rare and even low-grade commons usually sell for $2,000 or more. To date, PSA, SGC, and Beckett have not even combined to grade 100 total of these cards.

T208 Cullivan’s Fireside Checklist

  1. Home Run Baker
  2. Jack Barry
  3. Chief Bender
  4. Eddie Collins
  5. Harry Davis
  6. Jimmy Dygert
  7. Topsy Hartsel
  8. Harry Krause
  9. Jack Lapp
  10. Paddy Livingston
  11. Bris Lord
  12. Connie Mack
  13. Cy Morgan
  14. Danny Murphy
  15. Rube Oldring
  16. Eddie Plank
  17. Amos Strunk
  18. Ira Thomas

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