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Vintage Gum Tin with Larry Pape Baseball Card - Colgan’s Mint Chips
This small round tin once held Colgan’s Mint Chips and it carries the slogan; The Gum That’s Round. The gum was advertised as being a Delicious Digestive and was guaranteed by the company under the 1906 Food & Drug Act. The slip on lid has a copyright date of 1910. This tin contains it’s original “trading card” which was part of a series put out by the Colgan Gum Co. of Louisville Kentucky. There were apparently three different card series, this being from the last series from 1912-1913. The round slip of paper has a black & white (almost sepia toned) portrait which is identified as Pape - Boston, Am.. Apparently Larry Pape was a pitcher for the Major League, Boston Red Sox team from 1909-1912. Since this is the 1912-1913 series it narrows the date of this particular disc to 1912. Although some of the back is worn off, this is the information that was on it;
Send 25 tin tops from packages of Colgan’s Violet or Mint Chips and 2c stamp to get photograph of World’s Pennant winning team.
The tin measures about 1 7/16” in diameter by ¾” high and is in fairly nice condition with good gloss but it does have light scratch wear and paint loss, especially around the outer edges. The photo card measures about 1 3/8” in diameter and is in fairly nice condition. The photo shows well despite a few creases and some edge wear. The back, as previously mentioned, has some loss of paper which can be obviously seen in the photos.
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