This 20 card set was most likely issued late in the 1910 season or in
1911. There are 11 Chicago Cubs and 9 Chicago White Sox players represented.
I feel it is he hardest to find of the American Caramel issues, except
for the E125 set.
It is assumed the
intention was to issue one card for each position. There is no C.F.
for the Sox but 2 pitchers are represented. All of the positions are
represented for the Cubs as well as 3 pitchers.
Being from Chicago,
this set is a personal favorite of mine.
Being so rare it
is hard to tell if any one card is more difficult to find then another.
In Lew Lipset's book The Encycleopedia of Baseball Cards, Volume
2: Early Candy & Gum he states that Frank Chance, Cubs and Gandil,
White Sox are harder to find then the other cards.
I feel the rarity
of the Gandil card is due to him being a memebr of the Black Sox and
therefore not offered for sale very often. The card itself doesn't seem
to be any harder to find then the others.
As you can see after
viewing the gallery that there are distinct artistic styles to the finished
cards. (Compare style of Tinker to Evers). The more realistic style
(i.e. Evers) is reminicent of the style used for the E90-1 cards that
are harder to find (i.e. E90.1 Sweeney. Boston) and could pin point
them as being issued in 1911. The other style matches the one used in
the E90.1 set for players that were believed to be issued in 1910. I
feel an indicator of which cards were issued in what year can be determined
by the style of the art work.
A few quotes from hobby veteran,
Referring to a large
group of cards he acquired a few years ago:
"all the Dougherty's were severely off center"
". . .looking
at the condition of the group I currently own would lead me to
believe that Archer & Chance may be a little bit more difficult,
but clearly Hahn & Smith are the ones which I've seen the
. . although they feature Chicago players, several original collections
have turned up in Northern California. Don Steinbach (Formerly of
Sports Collectors Store) visited me a number of years back &
we got to talking on that set. He acquired 'his' group while on
a buy trip out here back in the mid-70's. Very strange indeed. "Hahn
& Smith are the ones I've seen the fewest of. The last large
group I bought (About 5 years ago) were in Sacramento & there
were nearly 100 E90-3 cards (None of Hahn!!! - but a bunch of Gandils....about
10 as I recall)."
s.s. White Sox
l.f. White Sox
1.b. White Sox
r.f. White Sox
c. White Sox
3.b. White Sox
p. White Sox
p. White Sox
2.b. White Sox
is the back of a typical E90-3 card.
on the back of E90-3 cards is black.
sized cards are
1.5" wide X 2.75" high.
"100 Subjects" at the top is now All The Star Players
and the city name at the bottom has been changed to Chicago
for this set.
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