the photos make it look like the same size, but they are not. the type 2 photo has been enlarged in the magazine to fit for presententaion beside the type 1. in reality the central image of both, frameline to frameline, top to bottom and side to side are the same, if you look close you will see there is no difference in cropping of the photo either.
i still have 2 other type 2 to compare with their type 2 counterparts and the same is true central image is exactly the same size, one card is smaller overall and guess what the other has normal large E107 borders(the only type 2 i have seen this large).
OK, this explains why I have never noticed it before. I don't have a Type I Lajoie to use as a comparison to my Type II, so the magazine was my first chance to see them side by side. The enlargement of one photo explains the situation.
After I wrote the Post, I saw a blank backed (irony) in the 19thCenturyonly auction and bidding was kind of low ($330 for a hammered common) and the description used the word scarcer. I've seen roughly 15-20 one of 150 backed versions over the last 12-18 months or so and this was the first blank back.
In my experience, I'd tend to agree with Hal in that they are just about equal, perhaps giving the slight edge to the blank backs being a bit more common. But no, it doesn't swing significantly one way or another.
I may be wrong, but I believe that all known Type 2 backs are BLANK. I don't think that any are known with the "one one one hundred fifty" printing on the back. However, I think there is confusion because Scott B has a Type 2 with a Blank Back that has the Breisch Williams Overprint on the back.
Scott, is this correct?
If this is the case, it is still possible that the Type 2's were cut out of something. No one knows exactly how and when the overprints were applied.
as andy stated i do have a delehanty with the overprint back, not the 150 series back. i now anyone that i have spoken with who collects this issue has ever seen a Type 2 with a printed back. the overprint that i have is also the only Type 2 known to exist with the overprint. the origin of such we may never know.
the overprints are much scarcer than the 150 or blank backs, possibly 10-1.
Since you obviously believe (as do I) that the purple "BW" stamp was put on the back of your card in 1903 by the company for advertising purposes...
then doesn't that PROVE that the Type II cards were indeed CUT and DISTRIBUTED by the "BW" company???
If they were distributed on a "box top" or "poster" of some sort (as has been erroneously reported in the past)... then there is NO WAY to explain the stamp perfectly placed on the back of your individually cut card.
The ONLY remote possibiity is that the Type II card were distributed by Breisch Williams as STRIP CARDS with SEVERAL of them still attached...
and with the purple "BW" stamp INTENTIONALLY placed on back of ALL of the cards on the strip...
with the INTENTION of having the cards CUT APART and collected individually by the consumer.
at BEST, we know that the Type II E107's were individually cut apart (obviously HAND CUT) by the Breisch-Williams company in 1903 BEFORE they were ever distributed...
and at WORST, we know that the Type II E107's were individually hand cut apart in 1903 by the person who received them from the Breisch-Williams company, just as the company INTENDED for them to be.
In other words...
the fact that most all Type II E107's are hand-cut does NOT make them "TRIMMED"...
it just makes them "FACTORY HAND CUTS."
Granted, there was nothing to stop someone in 2001 from buying a Type II E107 and "trimming" it to make it look neater in appearance...
but I doubt anyone who owned something so rare and treasured would do any such thing.
without proof positive, it is impossible to determine the origin of the type 2's, the original theory was that they were part of an ad piece or possibly the box the caramel/candy came in, both of which make sense due to the heavier gray stock, definitely not slick finished card stock. my overprint does make it look like either of those theories could be incorrect. as to a strip card of sorts, i doubt it, nor do i think an erroneous piece of stock was used by mistake.
i do feel that all were contemporarily stamped by the breisch williams company, the blank backs and 150 backs may have been distributed by another company or companies altogether. i also think the issue was produced over 3 years or so and probably not 2 as the catalogue states.
i understand your wanting to establish a defacto origin, but at this time there is none. your stating that they are hand cut is correct, i would not deem them trimmed. but i also can't say for sure they are a card issue and not cut from an ad piece, or the box, (which is still my leaning), even with the back stamp. if i was 100% sure they were a card variation issue, you would be sad, i would still own the type 2 lajoie and would never have sold it.
if and when we ever find an ad(even newsprint, which may dsiplay a package), or the ad piece, we will have to speculate their origin,
I had always considered the overprint back as something that BW used to distinqush their cards that they placed in caramel packaging from other sponsers who may have been using the e107s as well. Regardless of which, according to this theory, the overprint back would have been something added at the factory and before the cards were even packaged. However, wouldn't one think that because BW was the main sponser, you would see more of these overprint backs than you do?
Now take a look at this Yeunglings Gehrig....
Before you all yell at me for steering this thread O/T....have we considered that we may be wrong in our approach in determining the origins of this overprint? As you can see, the Gehrig has a stamp on it due to a promotion that the company ran at one point where the card was stamped when redeemed for ice cream products.
What if this theory holds true for Breisch-Williams? Is it possible that they could have held a promotion of their own where kids turned in the cards for more candy, and cards that were turned in were stamped with the "Overprint" back upon redemption?
In the case of this Gehrig, it is in itself a very scarce card as very few Yeunglings survived with this stamp. They could have been gathered up at some warehouse and then disposed of. Perhaps this is why we see so few e107s with the overprint back? In addition, perhaps because of promotions such as these, this is why we see so few e107s compared to other caramel sets in general. Maybe BW ran this promotion for several months or even years. That would have sucked up a lot of the cards in circulation since kids would have been constantly handing them back in.
In addition to the reasons above. Maybe the reason why type 2 cards have appeared with this back but not the "150 Subjects" back is that kids also cut these off of candy boxes or wherever they came from and had these stamped as well at one point?
I was just sitting at work this morning when all this just sort of came to me. It would explain a few BIG questions involving e107s as a whole (ie...why are there so few of them compared to other caramel sets...why is the overprint back so rare....why do type 2's exist with the overprint but seemingly not the "150 Subjects" back"? ...etc)
I'm sure there is some sort of logic I am missing though. Any thoughts??
The company could have distributed their cards inside of a box, or seperate from a box. The box surface could have contained pictures identical to the cards. In order to distinguish box cut outs from the actual cards, BW could have stamped the (inside of the) boxes prior to folding them.
Or am I missing something?
Certainly there are, as Scott points out, many possibilities.
This message has been edited by ItsOnlyGil on Jul 15, 2005 4:02 PM
Well, I know the stamp wouldn't have been used to distinguish Type 1 from Type 2 because these stamps are predominantly on Type 1 cards. There's maybe 1-2 Type 2 cards in existance that would have this overprint, Scott's being one.
Hal, your point makes sense about the rough look of the overprint stamp and feeds into my theory even more. I would need Scott or someone with mulitple e107 Overprint backs to maybe post a couple so that we could see how they look in appearance. If there's a uniform look to them, that wouldn't really support this theory. If they are all rough and haphazard looking, possibly faded, and tend to be in different locations and angles on the back of the card then I think we may definately be on to something here. If the cards were indeed redeemed, the stamp wouldn't have a "neat" look to it. Whoever did it would have probably been in a hurry and just stamped the card quickly in a random location on the back.
Since we're learning a little more about BW as a company as well. Perhaps it would be possible to contact the Oxford Chamber of Commerce to get a hold of some company data? I'm sure there has to be some form of "accounting records" that have survived all this time. Maybe there would be some more information on how their candies/marshmellows were packaged and what kind of promotions they ran during 1903-05?
I have another Theory about the overprints, which is similar to Brian's. I think that his theory is probably more likely, but I figured I'd throw this one out there anyway.
Since we don't know how the cards were actually distributed, I have always thought that it was possible that candy store owners received loose cards with their candy orders, along with instructions to give the cards away to kids who bought the candy. My theory was that Breisch Williams may have also sent rubber stamps out in these packages, and asked the store owners to stamp the cards before handing them out. This might explain why there are so few cards stamped - the store owners didn't bother, and how a Type II could have a stamp - if store owners had a stamp, they could use it on the back of an advertising or box cut-out.
There are some major similarities between my theory and Brian's, the largest one being that the cards were not originally issued with the stamps, and they were stamped at a later time. I really like his theory. I can see entrepeneurial (sp) kids at the turn of the century trying to pass the Type II's as regular issued cards to get whatever prize was part of the promotion.
I had the opportunity to speak with Andy about this earlier today and I wanted to share a really neat point that he made about the Type 2s and why there are so few of them. As we've discussed today, it would make sense Type 2s were originally a part of the boxes that the candy/caramels came in. If you think about it, remember those boxes/sets of Topps that you'd buy back in the 80s? Those had similar "cards" printed on them as well. On each box, there were 4-5 "cards" of some of the players within the set and if you cut those out, they'd obviously be on a thicker stock than the normal cards. Very similar in nature to the relationship between Type 1 and Type 2 e107s. I think that there were a set number of players pictured on the boxes the candy came in and that is why so few Type 2 specimens have been found. I need to find one of those boxes Topps produced so I can cut one up and have a nice "Type 2" 1988 Topps Jose Canseco!
Man, we're coming up with some breakthru stuff today. I'm going to need to write a follow-up article now.
I have some of those "box bottom" cards that I cut out from the Topps boxes in 1986 and 1987.
And even though they were on boxes... they were INTENDED to be CUT OFF and collected... so I would consider them "cards."
If I remember correctly, there were 4 on each box bottom... and there were 5 different boxes... making a total of 20 cards in the "set".
So now we surmise that the Type II's were not necessarily on the "candy wrapper" of the piece of caramel that the kid would buy at the store...
but that the Type II's were on the outside of the WHOLESALE BOX of candy that was delivered to the store for retail sale.
The storekeepers would probably just put the WHOLE BOX out on their counter and let people reach in and grab however many pieces of candy they wanted!
The reason for putting the Type II's on the BOX was to SHOW the kids what they would be getting INSIDE their individually wrapped piece of candy!!
This makes sense. Heck, it is no different than when I was buying wax packs in 1986. The big cardboard Topps box was sitting on the shelf... and there were pictures on the outside of the box to get you to buy the cards.
And... to entice you to buy a WHOLE BOX of cards ... they printed the "1986 Type II Topps" cards on the BOTTOM of the boxes.
i am going to go out on a limb here, without looking at my set, i think ALL of the overprints are on 150 series backs, NEVER a blank back. i have 41 overprints so i shall check tomorrow.
also i disagree with the redemption theory, all of the overprints i have seen have the same characterstics, slightly angled, with the last few letters doubled. TOO much alike to suggest they were done at different times. ALSO many of the E107's, overprints included, that reside in 4 of the near complete sets originally came from 1 collection, they have 2 small spots of either pink paper or paper pulls at the top, there are also blank backs and 150 series from the same collection that have the same characteristics , they were obviously from an early mounted collection.
whatever the origin, each and every E107 is very rare(yes i will use that term) and every owner should cherish 1 or 100 of them. if you have 100 let me know!
after rereading the thread i would like to address a couple of issues, first on the gehrig card, that appears to be nothing more than a rubber stamp "forward" stamp commonly used by the post office, probably vintage but not a redemption stamp by any means.
also, AGAIN without close examination they overprints are all TOO smiliar! COULD THEY BE MACHINE OVERPRINTS, the rotary press method was common of the time, which may explain why the long stamp was not perfectly aligned and blurred?
also many of the overprints have purple ink residue on the front, so they were definetly stacked atop each other, whether single cards or sheets.
upon looking at all of my overprints they are all on 150 series backs, again i have not seen a blank back, save the type 2 delehanty with an overprint. while the angle is varied, they all appear consistent, also every one has the overprint the same direction, in other words not one card was overpinted upside down, probably not the work of an enterprising youngster. also one reason for the light diagonal slant to the stamp. if applied perfectly it barely fits on the card, i imagine someone found be angling it diagonally they had more surface area to stamp.
I sure like the theory that the overprint stamp was BW's way of "cancelling" the cards upon redemption. But the fact that every single one of Scott's overprints is on a 150-series back really undermines this theory. Why would BW stamp only the 150-series backs?
I suppose it's possible that all of the blank backs (except Type IIs) came out after the end of the BW promotion that we are imagining occurred. Or maybe the blank backs were issued by another sponsor in a different part of the country, and for this reason were never turned back into BW to collect a prize. But that still leaves the "careful stamper" problem that Scott pointed out. Why would the guy with the purple redemption stamp so consistently stamp the cards in the same direction? I guess it's like asking how many licks till you get to the center of a Tootsie Pop - the world may never know.