Set of the Week: Plow Boy Tobacco

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Set of the Week: Plow Boy Tobacco

Post by sabrjay on Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:43 pm

Ploy Boy cards issued in 1910 and feature players from the Cubs and White Sox. They are one of the larger cards produced in that era measuring 5.75" x 8". Plow Boy was a brand of Spaulding & Merrick Company of Chicago. How they were distributed is uncertain but it is thought they were premiums obtainable through coupon redemption.

The images are sepia tone. Most of the poses in this set are unique and not found on any other card sets. The back contains advertizing for Plow Boy Tobacco and a notice to save coupons. There is second back that is much rarer and lists the Spaulding & Merrick name and address and list of gifts that can be gotten for the coupons.

There is only one known variation in the set, Jim Scott. His last name can be found with one or two "t"s.

If anyone has a scan of the are back, I'd love to see it.


I like to sit outside, drink beer and yell at people. When I do this at home I get arrested, so I go to baseball games and fit right in.

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