1908-10 E91-A, E91-B, E91-C American Caramel Sets

‘It’s In The Details’

Title E91-A, E91-B, and E91-C American Caramel
Year 1908-10
Size 1 1/2″ x 2 3/4″
Images Color
Type Candy/Caramel
Number in Set
99

E91 American Caramel Overview

e91s-copy-2Similar to the E90-designated sets, Jefferson Burdick identified three separate E91 American Caramel issues. They are known to collectors as E91A, E91B, and E91C.

The sets spanned a total of three years. E91A was printed first in 1908. E91B followed in 1909. Finally, E91C was released in 1910.

Each set includes a total of 33 cards and contains only players from certain teams. Unlike the E90 American Caramel sets, there aren’t any heavy hitters here on the price scale of the Joe Jackson card. And unlike other candy and tobacco cards, there aren’t any horizontal cards here, either.

The three sets are tied to specific teams. Both the E91A and E91B sets feature players from Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. The E91C release focused on players from Boston, Pittsburgh, and Washington.

All three sets have stars and Hall of Famers. Both the E91A and E91B sets are anchored by Christy Mathewson and Eddie Plank. The E91C set is arguably the most star-studded with Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Smoky Joe Wood, and Tris Speaker, along with some other Hall of Famers as well.

The set includes several spelling errors on names. The most famous/egregious was Mathewson’s, spelled “Christy Matthewson” on his cards (although, that spelling error was made on many of his cards in other sets).

Generic Images or Pictures of Real Players?

E91sThis is really the focal point of the set for many.

The poses repeat across the three sets (E91A, E91B, and E91C) so they are often called generic cards because different players appear with the same pictures. For example, here are the E91A (Shay), E91B (Doyle), and E91C (McConnell) cards for a particular pose. Same image across all three, but with a different player name (and team name on the jersey).

However, the earliest ones from 1908, the E91A set, seem to have been modeled after real pictures of those players. Because of that, some consider the E91A cards to picture real players as well as part of the E91B set (since some players from E91A were repeated in E91B and used the same images) while considering the rest of E91B and all of E91C to feature generic players.

Still, there’s no true consensus. Here’s a closer look at this subject.

Rarity

The cards are somewhat rare compared to other issues. American Caramel’s popular E90-1 set, for example, has more than three times as many cards graded by PSA than all three of the E91 sets put together.

Typically, you won’t see more than a few dozen on places such as eBay – many of which often have inflated Buy it Now prices. As a result, that has made it a challenging set to put together.

In addition, the thin paper stock of the cards (as mentioned below) has probably contributed to its rarity.

In terms of comparing them against each other, the E91A cards are easily the rarest.

Condition Issues

prewarcards-e91b_reulbachOne unique aspect of the cards compared to most other caramel issues is the thin card stock on which they were printed.

Other caramel issues, such as the company’s E90 sets, are sturdier and printed on thicker card stock. The E91 issues were printed on a thin stock with a light gloss.

That, as you can imagine, has led to them not being too durable. They are often found with rips/tears and generally in weaker condition. High-grade E91 cards are very rare. Only a handful of the 1,500 or so graded by PSA to date have been graded a 7 or above.

The thin stock is also probably a reason they aren’t all that plentiful today. They were more susceptible to damage and that, along with the generic images, probably didn’t make them as desirable as other issues that have lasted through the years.

E91 American Caramel Checklist

Below is a complete checklist for all three sets. Cards are listed in the order they appear on the checklist.

E91-A

  1. Ralph Seybold
  2. Rube Oldring
  3. Eddie Plank
  4. Dan Murphy
  5. Harry Davis
  6. Rube Waddell
  7. Fred Hartsel
  8. Jimmy Collins
  9. Simon Nichols
  10. Ossee Schreckengost
  11. Chief Bender
  12. Luther Taylor
  13. Fred Tenney
  14. Albert Bridwell
  15. John McGraw
  16. Christy Mathewson
  17. Iron Man McGinnity
  18. J.B. Seymour
  19. Daniel Shay
  20. Art Devlin
  21. Michael Donlin
  22. Roger Bresnahan
  23. Harry Steinfeldt
  24. Johnny Evers
  25. Mordecai Brown
  26. Frank Chance
  27. James Sheckard
  28. Joe Tinker
  29. Orval Overall
  30. Johnny Kling
  31. Ed Reulbach
  32. James Slagle
  33. Frank Schulte

E91-B

  1. James Archer
  2. Mordecai Brown
  3. Ed Reulbach
  4. Orval Overall
  5. Frank Chance
  6. Johnny Evers
  7. Joe Tinker
  8. Harry Steinfeldt
  9. James Sheckard
  10. Frank Schulte
  11. Art Hoffman
  12. Dan Murphy
  13. Bob Ganley
  14. Eddie Plank
  15. Eddie Collins
  16. Harry Davis
  17. Harry Krause
  18. Fred Hartsell
  19. Home Run Baker
  20. John Barry
  21. Ira Thomas
  22. Chief Bender
  23. J.T. Meyers
  24. Christy Mathewson
  25. John McGraw
  26. Rube Marquard
  27. Fred Tenney
  28. Larry Doyle
  29. Albert Bridwell
  30. Art Devlin
  31. Jno Murray
  32. Michael Donlin
  33. J.B. Seymour

E91-C

  1. George Gibson
  2. Vic Willis
  3. Sam Leever
  4. Charles Phillipi
  5. Allen Storke
  6. J.B. Miller
  7. Jap Barbeau
  8. Fred Clarke
  9. Tommy Leach
  10. Owen Wilson
  11. Honus Wagner
  12. Charles Street
  13. Tom Hughes
  14. Bob Groom
  15. Walter Johnson
  16. Jon Donohue
  17. James Delehanty
  18. Wid Conroy
  19. George McBride
  20. George Browne
  21. Clyde Milan
  22. Bob Unglaub
  23. P. Donohue
  24. Ed Karger
  25. Bob Chech
  26. Smoky Joe Wood
  27. Jake Stahl
  28. Ambrose McConnell
  29. Harry Lord
  30. Harry Hooper
  31. Tris Speaker
  32. Harry Niles
  33. C. Wagner

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