1917 Collins-McCarthy

Number of
Required Items
205
Current Finest
Possible Set Rating
07.034

The 1917 Collins-McCarthy baseball card set (E135) is comprised of 200 cards measuring 2” x 3-1/4” each. The company, located and the West Coast, selected black-and-white images of then-current players … many of whom would become inducted into Cooperstown. The card fronts use the same design as the Boston Store, Weil Baking and Standard Biscuit in their sets, with a posed player image surrounded by a dark pinstripe; his name, team affiliation, and card number are printed within the bottom border. Four different back variations are thought to exist: blank, Collins-McCarthy, Boston Store, and Standard Biscuit. The set is revered for its depictions of such grizzled National Pastime veterans as Grover Cleveland Alexander (#2), Johnny Evers (#45), Walter Johnson (#87), Rube Marquard (#108), John McGraw (#113), and Honus Wagner (#180), and an exciting selection of future greats of the game including Rogers Hornsby (#80), a young Boston Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth (#147), and George Sisler (#162). It is also anchored by depictions of Ty Cobb (#30), Joe Jackson (#82), and Casey Stengel (#168). The Collins-McCarthy set is viewed as an important issue not only because of its assortment of Hall of Fame talent, but also because it was the last large set of cards to be produced until the early 1920s caramel cards. A few variations exist, showing a player with differences in sock color or their bat on opposite shoulders. Because these cards were printed on thin paper stock easily susceptible to wear, examples in good condition are very difficult to locate.

All-Time Finest

Rank Set Name % Complete GPA Weighted GPA with Top
Pop Bonuses
Set Rating User
1 Mile High Card Company October 2013 Auction 95.12% 5.48 R 7.27 6.60
2 BBCards4U2 22.93% 6.17 8.06 1.37

Current Finest

Rank Set Name % Complete GPA Weighted GPA with Top
Pop Bonuses
Set Rating User
1 BBCards4U2 22.93% 6.17 8.06 1.37