‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Philadelphia Caramel 27 Scrappers|
|Size||1 1/2″ x 2 5/8″|
|Number in Set
1910 Philadelphia Caramels 27 Scrappers Overview
This set is one of the more collected caramel issues for boxing cards. Created by Philadelphia Caramel in 1910, the set features the most prominent boxers of the time. The set is closely related to Philadelphia Caramel’s E80 set, also produced in the same year. The two sets share some similar cards.
Like their baseball counterparts, the cards have excellent lithography resulting in stunning cards. And similar to those baseball cards, these have the trademark white borders. The subject is mentioned at the bottom of the card. The backs have a checklist of the boxers featured as well as some boxing rules. Backs are found in both red and black ink, though the black ones are more common.
Many stars are found in the set but it is headlined by the legendary Jack Johnson. In addition to boxers, it is also an instructional set of sorts. Backs, as stated, have boxing rules on them. Some of the cards also show proper technique.
The number of cards in the set has confused many collectors. It even confused Jefferson Burdick, author of the American Card Catalog. While the set is called an issue of ’27 scrappers’, only 21 cards exist. There are 27 different boxers featured and some cards have more than one boxer pictured.
1910 Philadelphia Caramels 27 Scrappers Checklist
- Abe Attell
- Arm and Clenched Fist (Right Way)
- Arm and Clenched Fist (Wrong Way)
- Tommy Burns
- Young Corbett
- Bob Fitzsimmons
- Gans and Nelson
- Marvin Hart
- James Jeffries
- Joe Jeanette
- Jack Johnson
- Jack Johnson and Burns
- Jack Johnson and George Cole
- Al Kaufman and Mike Sullivan
- Stanley Ketchel
- Sam Langford
- Johnny Marto and Battling Nelson
- Jack O’Brien and Fighting Partner
- Twin Sullivan