Monday, January 2, 2012

1921-23 National Caramel (E220)

It's been a busy New Year's weekend for me, so I haven't posted on the site in a while. Let's start 2012 with a great card from 90 years ago!

Set size: 120 cards; 2 x 3-1/4" size

Front Design: A black and white photo is in a black frame, with a white box at the bottom of the photo containing the player's name, position, and team.

Back Design: Black printing on the white card stock is identical on all cards, as seen to the right.

Parallels and Similars: This set is often confused with the American Caramel sets of the same time period. The design, photos, and text on the back are the same in most cases. However, this set is identifiable by the National Caramel Company text on the back.

Distribution: Cards would have been issued with caramel candies, just like American Caramel issues.

Thoughts: The design is plain but clean, with nice photographs on the front. With a fairly large set, children would have made dentists very busy trying to complete sets by eating candy. I'm sure the kids of the 1920s didn't mind. While I like the set, it doesn't stand out with any special design features. The photographs aren't special and the design itself is plain. Hopefully Topps keeps their hands off this set as a throwback Caramel issue wouldn't interest me one bit.

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