T217 Mono Cigarettes

Last updated: Aug 30, 2017 @ 5:40 pm

T217 is a set of 25 b&w cards of Pacific Coast League players issued by Mono Cigarettes in 1911. There are also at least 6 nameless actress cards. Very little is known about the manufacturer; Jon Canfield shared some interesting research he did back in 2010. Since 12 of the 25 players were on Los Angeles (the worst team in the league), it may be that the set was distributed there. In the T card encyclopedia, Lipset noted that there were only 2 known complete sets and thirty years later, that’s probably still true. Finally, it seems that O’Rourke (not shown here) is scarcer than the other players, for reasons unknown.