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ErikV 10-23-2014 05:21 PM

Amazing E95 Discovery
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As many on the board are probably aware, I'm a big Philadelphia Caramel
collector and researcher. Today I just uncovered a 104 year-old mystery.

Back in 2009 Heritage auctioned off this Ty Cobb E95 look alike with some
sort of advertising on the reverse including the words "Paste Drops, Jelly
Confections, Chocolates" and the like. See images below.

The following Philadelphia Caramel Advertisement dated May 1910 depicts the
same arrangement of words in almost exactly the same format. (Area shown
in red box.)

I have little doubt now that this Cobb was in fact part of a large advertisement
of perhaps 4 or 5 E95 cards and at some point was hand cut from the ad. With
today's discovery my theory that the E95 set was actually issued in 1910 seems
to have gained some credence. Wouldn't it have made sense that this new
promotion debuting in May 1910 would have fit right in to baseball's opening day
which began two weeks earlier on April 14, 1910?

Thoughts anyone?


4815162342 10-23-2014 05:39 PM

Great discovery - thanks for sharing!

petecld 10-23-2014 05:47 PM

Caramel Ad
Very cool find.

I love the line, "...qualities from fair to superfine." Hate to know why some product was just considered "fair" quality. Talk about truth in advertising.

JeremyW 10-23-2014 06:02 PM

Very cool. It looks like there may have been room for two more cards.

tiger8mush 10-23-2014 06:14 PM

Very neat discovery Erik!

caramelcard 10-23-2014 06:34 PM

Nice Erik.

The flip side of the ad probably included Cobb and Jim Jeffries. (Adam Warshaw has the Jeffries on his site)

E95 set was probably issued in 1909 and continued into 1910.

Thanks for sharing the ad.


Jobu 10-23-2014 06:43 PM

Excellent find Erik - where did you come across the ad?

I do not know much about E95 - the writing "Cobb Detroit Amer." isn't typically found on E95, right? Are there any other known examples with writing like that?


Jcfowler6 10-23-2014 06:43 PM

Just an honest question. How do you justify the difference in format?

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Runscott 10-23-2014 06:49 PM

I owned a blank-back version of this card. We always suspected that it was from a candy box.

FirstYearCards 10-23-2014 07:06 PM

Very interesting topic and not my area of familiarization, but I have to agree with Jon. Yes very similar advertisement, but off a bit. Can't assume card was from advertisement. Bill.

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