T204 T.T.T. backs and checklist

Last updated: Apr 1, 2022 @ 8:27 am

Below are thumbnails of T204’s with the much scarcer ‘T.T.T. Natural Turkish Cigarettes’ back and a complete checklist. I’m interested in acquiring more of these, so let me know if you have any to trade or sell.

“T.T.T.” was a vanity cigarette brand named for the company president, T.T. Timayenis, a belligerent Greek immigrant to America who, among other things, was prosecuted for pointing a gun at a business partner; issued a tell-all biography about John D. Rockefeller (whose children he had tutored) after he refused to give Timayenis money for a venture; and wrote several plagiarized anti-semitic books in the late 1880’s that earned him death threats. Timayenis later created the “Ramly” brand knowing that consumers would confuse it with the existing “Ramleh” brand; he was sued for this by the S.Anargyros tobacco company, but that party eventually gave up the suit. Timanyenis died a pauper in 1918.

As of May 2020, there are 49 or 50 players who can be found with a T.T.T. back (Gessler is as yet unconfirmed), which leaves 71 or 72 players who can be found only with a Ramly back.  If you know of any players on the list below whose status should change, please contact me. It would be much appreciated.

Players with TTT backs

PlayerKnown T.T.T. Back
Whitey AlpermanNo
John AndersonYes
Jimmy ArcherNo
Frank ArellanesNo
Jim BallYes
Neal BallNo
Frank C. BancroftYes
Johnny BatesNo
Fred BeebeYes
George BellNo
Chief Bender (HOF)No
Walter BlairNo
Cliff BlankenshipYes
Frank BowermanNo
Wm. BransfieldYes
Roger Bresnahan (HOF)No
Al BridwellNo
Mordecai Brown (HOF)Yes
Fred BurchellYes
Jesse C. Burkett (HOF)Yes
Bobby ByrneNo
Bill CarriganNo
Frank Chance (HOF)Yes
Charlie ChechYes
Ed CicotteNo
Otis ClymerNo
Andy CoakleyYes
Ed Collins (HOF)No
Jimmy Collins (HOF)Yes
Wid ConroyNo
Jack CoombsNo
Doc CrandallNo
Lou CrigerYes
Harry DavisNo
Art DevlinNo
Wm. H. DinneenYes
Pat DonahueYes
Mike DonlinYes
Wild Bill DonovanYes
Gus DornerYes
Joe DunnNo
Kid ElberfeldNo
Johnny Evers (HOF)No
Bob EwingNo
Cecil FergusonNo
Hobe FerrisYes
Jerry FreemanNo
Art FrommeYes
Bob GanleyNo
Doc GesslerYes (?)
Peaches GrahamNo
Clark Griffith (HOF)Yes
Roy HartzellYes
Charlie HemphillYes
Dick HoblitzelYes
Geo. HowardNo
Harry HowellYes
Miller Huggins (HOF)Yes
John HummelNo
Walter Johnson (HOF)Yes
Thomas JonesYes
Mike KahoeNo
Ed KargarYes
Wee Willie Keeler (HOF)No
Red KleinowNo
Jack KnightNo
Ed KonetcheyNo
Vive LindamanNo
Hans LobertNo
Harry LordYes
Harry LumleyNo
Johnny LushYes
Rube ManningNo
Jimmy McAleerYes
Amby McConnellYes
Moose McCormickNo
Harry McIntyreYes
Larry McLeanYes
Fred MerkleNo
Clyde MilanNo
Mike MitchellNo
P. J. MoranYes
Cy MorganYes
T. H. MurnaneYes
Danny MurphyNo
Red MurrayNo
Doc NewtonNo
Simon NichollsNo
Harry NilesNo
Bill O'HaraNo
Charley O'LearyYes
Dode PaskertNo
Barney PeltyYes
Jake PfeisterNo
Ed Plank (HOF)No
Jack PowellYes
Bugs RaymondNo
Tom ReillyNo
Claude RitcheyNo
Nap RuckerNo
Ed ReulbachNo
Slim SalleeNo
Germany SchaeferYes
Jimmy SheckardNo
Admiral SchleiYes
Wildfire SchulteYes
Jimmy SebringYes
Bill ShipkeNo
Charlie SmithNo
Tubby SpencerNo
Jake StahlYes
Jim StephensNo
Harry SteinfeldtNo
Gabby StreetNo
Bill SweeneyNo
Fred TenneyYes
Ira ThomasNo
Joe Tinker (HOF)No
Bob UnglaubNo
Heinie WagnerYes
Bobby Wallace (HOF)Yes