1910 Khedivial / Surbrug Prize Fight Series Set and Checklist (T225)

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Khedivial / Surbrug Prize Fight Series (T225)
Year 1910
Size 1 7/8″ x 2 5/8″
Images Color
Type Tobacco
Number in Set
50

1910 Khedivial / Surbrug Prize Fight Series Overview (T225)

T225 Khedivial Series 102 BoxingT225 James J Jeffries BoxingThis 50-card set was issued by Khedivial and Surbrug. While many of the Khedivial cards are misspelled as Khedival, some have the correct name, as indicated by any number of sources. This one, for example, states that the company was a predecessor of sorts of the Philip Morris company.

The set is broken into two different series. Overall, the set consists of 50 cards. Series 101 has 25 cards and Series 102 has another 25. Series 102 can practically be considered scarce in comparison to the 101 cards. The two series’ have a similar but slightly different look. Series 101 cards (shown left) have a gray border while the 102 cardborders are off-white.

Fronts of the cards had a color picture of a boxer along with a replica signature of his name at the bottom. With a thick border at the bottom, they sort of looked like a Polaroid picture. Backs of the cards served as advertisements for Khedivial and Surbrug brands but there are many variations known, even beyond the Surbrug, Khedivial, and Khedival names. At the time, Khedivial brands adertised, included Duke of Yorks, Oxfords, Turkish Delights, and Turkish Whiffs. Surbrug cards mentioned their Arabs and Intermission products.

Ty Cobb?

A final note is worth mentioning about Series 102. A boxer named Ty Cobb can throw some collectors for a loop. The card is not of the famous baseball Hall of Famer.

Cobb was actually a fictitious name, as indicated in this article. Cobb’s real name was actually Sammy Kolb. He later faced off against another boxer in another fight named Babe Ruth as the pair were looking to promote the fight. Kolb obviously used that name on more than one occasion as this set even called him Cobb. Perhaps, they too, were looking to capitalize on the name.

1910 Khedivial / Surbrug Prize Fight Series Checklist (T225)

Series 101

  1. Abe Attell
  2. Jim Barry
  3. Johnny Coulon
  4. Leach Cross
  5. Jim Driscoll
  6. Johnny Frayne
  7. Jimmy Gardner
  8. Abe Kid Goodman
  9. Marvin Hart
  10. Dick Hyland
  11. Joe Jeanette
  12. Jim Jeffries
  13. Al Kaufman
  14. Stan Ketchel
  15. Harry Lewis
  16. Packy McFarland
  17. Tommy Murphy
  18. Battling Nelson
  19. Young O’Leary
  20. Billy Papke
  21. William Rothwell
  22. T.J. Sharkey
  23. Jim Stewart
  24. Jack Sullivan
  25. Mike Sullivan

Series 102

  1. Billy Allen
  2. Kid Beebe
  3. Tom Carey
  4. Ty Cobb
  5. Fred Corbett
  6. Tommy Devlin
  7. Bill Donovan
  8. Young Erne
  9. Mickey Gannon
  10. Grover Hayes
  11. Joe Hirst
  12. Johnny Hogan
  13. Leo Houck
  14. Patsy Kline
  15. Tommy Langdon
  16. Young Loughrey
  17. Harry Mansfield
  18. Young Nitchie
  19. Jack O’Brien
  20. Tommy O’Keefe
  21. Tommy O’Toole
  22. Spike Robson
  23. Maurice Sayers
  24. Tommy Sullivan
  25. Johnny Willetts

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