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Sweet Caporal Pins 1910-1912

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1909-1912 Sweet Caporal pins were a cousin to the era’s tobacco card sets.  Like T205 and T206 which were produced in the same general era, Sweet Cap pins were made by the American Tobacco Company and inserted into packs of cigarettes.  Unlike those ultra popular cards, Sweet Caporal pins are a project most average collectors can chase without going broke.

The sepia-colored pins are about 7/8″ in diameter and not all that rare, which keeps them affordable, except for high-grade examples of the most elite Hall of Fame players.

The pins are designated as P2 in the American Card Catalog .  There are  152 different players featured and 204 pins total in the set.  Fifty of the players appear a second time in the set, with the same photo but the  name and team are printed in larger letters.    The  small lettered pins all are drawings while the large are actual photographs.

Sweet Caporal pins are almost a parallel set to the T205.  Both sets feature many of the same pictures and 143 of the 152 players in the pin set also show up in the T205 set. Interestingly, two players are shown with different teams.  Jimmy Austin is shown as a member of the St. Louis Browns in the pin set and as a Yankee in T205, while Johnny Bates is a member of the Reds on the pin and a Phillie in T205.

There are ten players who are in the P2 set but not in T205 including Nap Lajoie and Harry Hooper.

The backs of the pins come with a colored paper backing that often drives value one way or another.  Pins with paper that is intact and clean will grade higher and sell for more money.

It’s believed that 19 of the pins are more difficult to find including six of the ‘large letter’ variations. Most also feel the larger letter variations were issued later than the others.

Collectors will chase pins of Cy Young, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson.  However, the Sweet Caporal pin set does not include Honus Wagner, who by the time they were put in packs, had apparently already registered his dissatisfaction over appearing on tobacco product promotional items.  Hall of Fame outfielder Wahoo Sam Crawford is also missing and so was Jack Coombs, a superstar pitcher at the time.

There are a few pins with photo variations, including Roger Bresnahan and Bobby Wallace.

The pins are far more scarce than their cardboard counterparts of the time, yet much more attainable as a whole.  A large letters PSA 8 Cy Young sold recently on eBay for $950.  A PSA 6 Cobb large letter went for $382.  Low grade examples of common players can be had for less than $10.  At last check, eBay had over 700 listings for Sweet Caporal pins.

Here’s a complete Sweet Caporal baseball pin checklist: (names as shown on pin)

BOSTON (AL)
Carrigan
Carrigan (L)
Cicotte
Engle
Engle (L)
Hooper
Karger
Speaker
Speaker (L)
Wagner

CHICAGO (AL)
Callahan
Dougherty
Duffy
Duffy (L)
Lord
Lord (L)
McIntyre
McIntyre (L)
Parent
Walsh
White

CLEVELAND (AL)
Bal
Birmingham
Lajoie
Stoval
Stoval (L)
turner
Cy Young
Old Cy Young (L)

DETROIT (AL)
Ty Cobb
Cobb (L)
Delahanty
Donovan
Jennings
Jennings (L)
Tom Jones
Killian
Mullen
Mullin (L)
O’Leary
Schmidt
Schmidt (L)
Stange

NEW YORK (AL)
Chase
Chase (L)
Cree
Ford
Ford (L)
Hemphill
Knight
Knight (L)
Quinn
Warhop
Wolter

PHILA. (AL)
Baker
Barry
Chief Bender
Bender (L)
Collins
Eddie Collins (L)
Dygert
Hartsel
Krause
Livingston
Murphy
Oldring
Thomas
Ira Thomas (L)

ST. LOUIS (AL)
Austin
Austin (L)
Hoffman
LaPorte
LaPorte (L)
Pelty
Stone
Wallace (cap)
Wallace (no cap)
Wallace (cap) (L)

WASHINGTON (AL)
Elberfeld
Elberfeld (L)
Gray
Groom
Johnson
Johnson (L)
McBride
Milan
Schaefer
Street
Street (L)

BOSTON (NL)
Abbaticchio
Ferguson
herzog
Mattern
Mattern (L)

BROOKLYN (NL)
Barger
Bell
Bell (L)
Bergen
Dahlen
Erwin
Hummel
Rucker
Rucker (L)
Scanlon
Smith
Wheat
Wheat (L)

CHICAGO (NL)
Archer
Archer (L)
Brown
Brown (L)
Chance
Chance (L)
Evers
Korh
McIntyre
Needham
Overall
Pfiester
Reulbach
richie
Schulte
Scheckard
Steinfeldt
Tinker
Tinker (L)

CINCINNATI (NL)
Bates
Beebe
Bescher
Downey
Downey (L)
Fromme
Gaspar
Grant
Griffith
Clark Griffith (L)
Hoblitzel
McLean
McLean (L)
Mitchell
Suggs

NEW YORK (NL)
Ames
Becker
Bridwell
Crandal
Devlin
Devore
Doyle
Doyle (L)
Drucke
Herzog (L)
Latham
Marquard
Mathewson
Mathewson (L)
McGraw
McGraw (L)
Merkle
Meyers
Murray
Murray (L)
Wilson
Wiltse

PHILA. (NL)
Bransfield
Dooin
Dooin (L)
Doolan
Doolan (L)
Lobert
Magee
Moran
Paskert
Paskert (L)
Rowan
Titus
Titus (L)

PITTSBURGH (NL)
Byrne
Camnitz
Camnitz (L)
Clarke
Fred Clarke (L)
Flynn
Gibson
Gibson (L)
Leach
Tommy Leach (L)
Leever
Leifield
Maddox
Miller
Phillippe
Wilson

ST. LOUIS (NL)
Bresnahan (mouth open)
Bresnahan (mo. closed)
Bresnahan (mo. closed) (L)
Evans
Harmon
Hauser
Huggins
Huggins (L)
Konetchy
Oakes
Oakes (L)
Phelps

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