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06-04-2010, 12:53 AM
Since these are track and field cards I guess this is the best place to post this.

These five cards have come from my Dad's collection. We don't have any info regarding the time of printing, number of cards, or how they were distributed. (I would guess in packs of candy or crackers) He actually told me that he would be surprised if I found anything about them. Other than a single paragraph transcribed on a genealogy website I can't even find info regarding the company. Any help would be appreciated.



06-04-2010, 09:20 AM
My understanding is that Capital Candy had some affiliation (merged with?) with Pacific Coast Biscuit. This ephemera supports that. I can't believe someone asked about this obscure company and even more can't believe these pieces are actually timely in a discussion....best regards

06-04-2010, 12:51 PM
Brian, Great cards. Wish he had some boxers. I'd go after them in a heartbeat. Leon provided some good info!

06-04-2010, 03:13 PM
Brian.....I have the Kelly and have seen another.......Walter Pomeroy. Glad to see more of them. I had to pay $100 for my type card. If you ever sell them, let me know.

06-04-2010, 03:19 PM
Checklist with yours.............
1 Sam Bellah Champion Heavy Weight Lifter and Pole Vaulter
2 Ralph Craig 100 Meters, 200 Meters, 200 Yards
3 Pat Donovan 56 lb. weight thrower, Worlds Record
4 Fred W. Kelly 100M Hurdles, 1912 Olympics
5 Walter Pomeroy Swimming Record, Golden Gate, San Francisco
6 Alfred Shrubb 2-3-4-5-10 Mile Run Worlds Records

They'll be in an as-yet-to-be-published book on E cards........E1-E300 and about 40-50 uncataloged sets. Kind of a crossover issue because it was Capital Candy & Cracker, so I guess they could fall into a D issue maybe.

Thanks for the editions to the checklist............

06-04-2010, 07:14 PM
Wow, you guys are good. We have a handful of different odds and ends like this, this is the main one that is sports related that we couldn't link to a specific set. Now on to the birds/cars/actors/other...



Had to laugh at the combination- Crackers, cakes, candies, macaroni, fireworks, and nuts.

06-05-2010, 01:40 AM
Trying to narrow down a timeframe for this set...

So it looks like Pacific Coast Biscuit produced the 72 card series D310, and 72 card series D311 in 1911 and then produced these soon afterward.

Since the Fred W Kelly card mentions him winning the 100 meter hurdles in the 1912 we know they came later.
The Pat Donovan card mentions his world record weight throw of 16. ft 9 in. I found online that he later increased this mark to 16 ft. 11.25 in. during Feb. of 1914.
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9D0CE7DC1E39E633A25751C2A9649C94 6596D6CF
Giving some wiggle room for out of date info making it on to the card I would say they were printed between late 1912 and early 1915.

06-05-2010, 07:13 AM
I wonder if there is a Jim Thorpe in the set as a track star?

06-09-2011, 04:15 PM
The checklist can be expanded to include:

7. J.E. Meredith; 800 yard run
8. M.W Sheppard; 600 yard run
9. Hazel Bess Laugenour; First woman to swim Golden Gate
10. Jim Thorpe; Olympics 1912 - World's Greatest Athlete