‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Philadelphia Caramel 44 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 E79 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 only red ink for E80 (E79 had black and red backs).
Many stars are found in the set but it is headlined by the legendary Jack Johnson. Johnson appears several times in E79 but only once in E80.
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 ’44 scrappers’, only 11 cards exist. There are 27 different subjects featured in E79 and another 17 here for a total of 44. However, there are 17 on only 11 cards as some cards feature more than one boxers. As the 44 scrappers mentioned included a total from E79 and E80, E80 was a continuation of sorts of the initial E79 set.
1910 Philadelphia Caramels 27 Scrappers Checklist
- Montel Attell and Abe Attell
- Young Corbett and Terry McGovern
- Bob Fitzsimmons and George Gardner
- Joe Gans and Joe Walcott
- Jack Johnson
- Kelly vs. Ketchel
- Tom Murphy
- Battling Nelson and Ad. Wolgast
- Jim Stewart
- Ad. Wolgast
- Wolgast and Nelson