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1909-13   E254 & E270   Colgan's Chips


Year(s) Published: 1909-13
Hobby Designation:   E254/270
Set Name: Colgan's Chips (3 sets)
Card Size (inches): varies
Number of Cards in Set: var.
Est. Value (common; VG): $54

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Set Summary
  • Produced by Colgan Gum Company of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Round player portrait discs about the size of a silver dollar
  • Black & White photos with printed ads on back
  • Distributed with chewing gum in round tin containers
  • Three distinct sets (see table below for detailed comparisons)
  • Two obscure variations include "Square" & "208" Colgans
  • Premium offer on backs of E270-1 and E270-2 Chips
  • Rare Premium was a 10-by-18-inch NY Giants Team Photo
  • References:
    1) John Spano, "1909-1913 Colgan’s Baseball Sets: Packed with 'The Gum That's Round,'" Old Cardboard (Issue #19, Spring 2009, p. 26-33)
    2) Lew Lipset, "E254, E270 Colgan's Chips," Encyclopedia of Baseball Cards, (1984, Volume 2, p. 72)

    Colgan's Chips Sets Compared
    ACC DesignationE254E270-1E270-2
    Year Issued1909-1119121912-13
    Example of Card Front
    Example of Card Back
    Subset NicknameStars of the DiamondRed Borders Tin Tops
    # of Cards in Set226185227
    Border StyleBorderlessDeep RedBorderless
    Message on Back-TopStars of the DiamondSend 25 Box Tops ...Send 25 Tin Tops ...
    Value Multiplier133

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