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Old 11-20-2017, 08:26 PM
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I have always wanted to imitate/compete/improve upon Frank and his T206 Monster. I have been on and contributed to this board since it was created, and was on the old Full Count board before that, so I definitely have the hobby stamina required to maintain such a thread, just like Frank has proven to have. I have always loved the E90-1 set, and have collected it off and on for over 25 years. Of course since the E90-1 set has nowhere near the popularity of the T206 set, the views will pale in comparison to the Monster thread, but I think the E90-1 issue has enough of a following and is full of varying scarcities that are still being pinned down that I think it will at least keep a portion of Net54'ers interested.

I have established a point system, which is a little more enlarged and elaborate compared to the T206 Monster version (I mean, all Ty Cobb cards count as 1 point...ouch!). Admittedly, Frank's formula has widespread appeal and is simple, but why not try something else for this very different and much smaller set? Here is the point system I propose for the 121 E90-1 cards (the 120 complete set is now 121 cards because of the Miller w/sunset variation being recognized):


20 Joe Jackson

10 Tris Speaker
10 Honus Wagner (throwing)

7 Hugh Duffy
7 Mike Mitchell
7 Honus Wagner (batting)
7 Cy Young (Cleveland)

5 Fred Clarke (Pittsburgh)
5 Ty Cobb
5 Willie Keeler (red background)
5 Jake Stahl
5 Bill Sweeney (Boston)
5 Ed Walsh

4 Peaches Graham
4 Christy Mathewson
4 Eddie Plank
4 Cy Young (Boston)

3 Bob Bescher
3 Patsy Dougherty
3 George Gibson (back)
3 Harry Howell (wind up)
3 Ed Karger
3 Willie Keeler (throwing)
3 Addie Joss (throwing)
3 Nap Lajoie
3 Tommy Leach (throwing)
3 Hans Lobert
3 Larry McLean
3 Dots Miller (sunset)
3 Orval Overall
3 Dave Shean
3 George Stone (left hand showing)
3 Jerry Upp

1 each for the rest of the 88 cards

A complete set of 121 would thus be 250 points


I have given point values based mainly on popularity with a good dose of perceived scarcity thrown in, giving a nod to traditionally acknowledged scarcities and tossing in a few common players that have been revealed in the recent years as being tougher/more desirable. I decided to include the 13 commons worth 3 points each with the understanding that there are another dozen or so candidates that might be included, but didn't want this thing to get too cumbersome. Likewise various other Hall of Famers count as 1 point, but most of these are either fairly common or not as popular.

Let me know what you think about all this and what you think about my point system (as potential Kraken master I will listen to suggestions, but of course I get the final say like any good E-Monster would).

To start off, my E-Monster # is 164. I own all 88 of the 1 point cards, 15 of the 3 point cards (missing the Miller sunset), all 4 of the 4 point cards, and have the 5 point Cobb, Clarke Pittsburgh and Stahl cards.

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Old 11-20-2017, 08:29 PM
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This post is a list of E-Monster #'s of collector's E90-1 cards currently in their collection. I will update this list frequently when people post their #'s. 250 points indicates a complete set.

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250+ pkaufman 11/26/17 (complete at 121 cards and a '+' for having a 100% verifiable E90-1 blank back)

250 AddieJoss 8/27/18

247 tedzan 11/22/17 (Past collection honorary mention)

193 edhans 7/29/18

164 brianp-beme 1/29/18

155 judsonhamlin 4/29/19

151 familytoad 7/6/19

111 tonyo 11/30/17

111 tedzan 10/9/18

105 Thromdog 7/14/19

96 Cozumeleno 4/14/19

93 Steve_D 11/27/17

55 qed2910 1/19/19

52 Fistner10 4/6/18

35 mullinsm 12/14/17

22 jasonc 9/23/18

19 CobbSpikedMe 11/13/18

19 vintagebaseballcardguy 5/21/19

16 VintageVinnie 1/7/19

15 ullmandds 2/13/18

5 Tao_Moko 1/1/19

4 Leon 11/29/17

3 frankbmd 11/25/17 (never subject to change)

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This number is my initial post, I think it’s correct.

As Cory (my e90-1 hero) knows, tomorrow’s mail should get me there. I’ll correct it as needed. Maybe I could hit the century mark just by a boost to Overall’s weighting. He’s tough.
I always thought Bill Sweeney would be hard to get , maybe weighted higher here. But overall (pun intended) , I’m very pleased to see this set embraced in similar Monster fashion...and by a Brian
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Old 11-21-2017, 12:05 AM
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Hi Brian...thanks for sparking my E90-1 fancy. I agree with the Overall, I left him out previously because, although he has been noted as a tough card, it seemed like I had seen a lot of him available over the years. He is still not an easy one, and his perceived scarcity is up there, so I have added him to the 3 point list.

Doing a little more tinkering, I upgraded the Stahl, Sweeney (Boston) and Graham from a 3 point value to 4 points, as I feel these in the past they have been perceived as extra tough and their prices are strong. I also added 5 more points to Joe Jackson so now he is at 25, because, ugly or not, this is considered his rookie card and people go nuts for it even if it is not scarce.

The complete set now totals to 250 points. I have updated AddieJoss # to 225 (correct me if I am wrong...I assume Joe is the missing one) and adjusted my own score as well. Brian, when you recalculate your score let us know.

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I don't disagree with Any of these except maybe Plank as I've found him to be plentiful and not too pricey. I would add Bemis as a toughie, Clement as a minor toughie, seigle as tough, O'Connor as a pretty tough card, and Howell wind-up as definitely tough.

Cards that should only be worth half a point as they seem to be everywhere: bresnahan, dooin, Krause, Fred Mitchell, stange, stone (no hands), summers, and Wallace.
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I don't disagree with Any of these except maybe Plank as I've found him to be plentiful and not too pricey. I would add Bemis as a toughie, Clement as a minor toughie, seigle as tough, O'Connor as a pretty tough card, and Howell wind-up as definitely tough.

Cards that should only be worth half a point as they seem to be everywhere: bresnahan, dooin, Krause, Fred Mitchell, stange, stone (no hands), summers, and Wallace.
You are probably correct on the additional scarcities... but I think I will have to hold the line somewhere. It is good that at least an advanced collector of the set like yourself has noted them as being tough.

And although I'm not going to do it, those cards you mention that should only be 1/2 point is spot on. If you want to own an inexpensive and easily obtainable Hall of Famer from the E90-1 set, Breshnahan and Wallace are just the ticket. And the Krause, Fred Mitchell, Stanage and Summers seem to pop up as often as holidays do in many foreign countries.

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I list the tough cards more for knowledge out there for those putting the set together. It's a great set to work on.
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183, but I've only been at it for 34 years. Excellent list overall, especially noting the red Keeler is tougher than the throwing version. Conventional wisdom states otherwise. I would argue for Seigle over Stone and agree on the availability of Plank. Great stuff, Brian.
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SGC has weighted this set as part of their set composition. I believe their weighting to be very accurate.
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Thanks for doing this, Brian - I am at 55
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I'm at 91, as I have all the HOFers except Young (Cleveland), and Buck Jordan.


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Thanks for the participation and suggestions so far.

I am still at the slight adjustment and Tinker phase (Joe will be remain at the 1 point status, no Chance for him to Evers elevate up to the 3 point level). I am willing to shorten the Plank from 4 to 3 points in length. As a result, I would like to elicit suggestions on which card that is currently 3 points that would be the best candidate to be elevated to 4 points.

Also, I would be willing to drop the Stone down to the 1 point depth. What would your best candidate be to elevate from 1 point to 3 points? After your input on these potential slight adjustments I will set the point system into cement.

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SGC has weighted this set as part of their set composition. I believe their weighting to be very accurate.
Hi Paul, I will have to check their site out for their ranking.

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Hi Brian, I guess you could say it's just another input to use. I'm not saying it's perfect, but I have had some input in making minor adjustments to it over the years.
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I’d keep Stone up there and add Bemis, clement, o’connor, Seigle, Howell (wind-up) for 3 points each.
Sweeney to 5
Lower Plank to 3 points and Jackson to 20.
Total max of 260.
Just my perspective. Either way, fun set.
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Outsider looking in, been there done it. I would lower the Cobb, it's not tough and raise the Stahl and Walsh a level.

Hope the thread generates more interest in the set.
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Thanks for organizing. Put me down for a whopping 36
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Pending any scoring changes, the re-ranking of Overall puts me at an even 100.

I like the weighting here more than SGC, although some are equivalent.
SGC weighs all HOFer at 3, and we know that Wallace, Bender, Bresnahan and Crawford are easily found...and not as key to set completion as some of the toughies weighted above.

Surely there are more e90-1 collectors out there?
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Hi Brian

Ty Cobb was printed in the 1st series (ca..1908). Cards in this series are quite plentiful. I think Joe Jackson was most likely printed in this 1st series, also.
Therefore, I think their #'s should be decreased.

And, Hugh Duffy and Tris Speaker are short-prints issued in the last series (circa..1910), and both their #s should be increased.

Anyhow, do I get any credit for my 1st set (120 cards) even though I sold it ?

I'm still finding cards in my current set. When I have gathered all of them, I will provide you a number for this 2nd set.


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I think it should count Ted, getting them all is monumental

I don’t know when this was, but I assume it was when the Joe Jax was priced better than its ridiculous number now.

While there seems to be at least some mild interest in the set, we haven’t gained a lot of contestants for the Kraken!

Is that tobacco monster really that dominating? (bTW- my t206 monster number is about 20. I have exactly 1 common and some HOFERS)
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If I do the math correctly, my 98 cards give me 123 points - the big ones are going to kill my chances at completing the set
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I'm at 122, including a Miller with sunset variation and a Krause blank back. A complete number one SGC set. Don't know how many points that is.

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I think it should count Ted, getting them all is monumental

I don’t know when this was, but I assume it was when the Joe Jax was priced better than its ridiculous number now.

While there seems to be at least some mild interest in the set, we haven’t gained a lot of contestants for the Kraken!

Is that tobacco monster really that dominating? (bTW- my t206 monster number is about 20. I have exactly 1 common and some HOFERS)

Thanks, Brian L.

The Joe Jackson was acquired in the 1980's (before the movies Eight Men Out and Field of Dreams were in the theatres). It's price was very reasonable,
since E90-1 cards were not a "hot item" back then.

And, as you know, Joe Jax cards went "bonkers" after these movies were shown in the late 1980's.

Anyhow, I leave to Brianp to decide if my former set qualifies being on his list. I sold the 120-card set to Mike Wheat at the Fort Washington Philly Show.


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You're crack'n me up, but I'll check in with a Kraken # of 3.
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I'm back after the Thanksgiving family hiatus. Thanks for the various inputs on the scarcities. I have decided to make the following changes (and kept a couple of cards as is after suggesting a possible change):

Joe Jackson - From 25 down to 20

Ty Cobb - From 7 down to new point category 5 (Very popular, very available, he made me create the 5 point category)

The following cards jump up from 4 to join Cobb in the 5 point category:

Fred Clarke (Pittsburgh)
Willie Keeler (red background)
Jake Stahl
Bill Sweeney (Boston)
Ed Walsh

And I chose one card to be elevated from the 1 point status to 3 points:

Harry Howell (wind up)

I decided to keep the Stone (left hand) based upon suggestion, and decided to keep Plank at 4 (although readily available, it is still fairly popular as an alternative to his T206 card).

So the set total remains at 250, a nice number to target for. I was tempted to add all of the suggested 1 to 3 point changes Cody mentioned, but that shiny 250 number beckoned.

I changed all of the above on the first post, now if people who have already submitted their Kraken E-Monster #'s would please check it over and indicate if there is any change to their # we can keep this thing rolling. Thanks again, Brian
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A complete set of 120 cards plus two known variations......so I guess it would be the max points plus some bonus points.
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Please raise me to 93.

Also, you should remove Ty Cobb from the 7 point section, since you moved him to the 5 point section.

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Way back when, I remember the Mike Mitchell card was considered the key to the set. Lew Lipset even referred to it as the T206 Honus Wagner of the caramel cards. There doesn't seem to be so much interest in it these days, or at least that is my impression. Maybe that is because so few come to market. Any Mitchell stories?
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Please raise me to 93.

Also, you should remove Ty Cobb from the 7 point section, since you moved him to the 5 point section.

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Thanks Steve for pointing out Cobb...looks like he was trying to swipe a few extra bases. Your Kraken # has also been updated.

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Way back when, I remember the Mike Mitchell card was considered the key to the set. Lew Lipset even referred to it as the T206 Honus Wagner of the caramel cards. There doesn't seem to be so much interest in it these days, or at least that is my impression. Maybe that is because so few come to market. Any Mitchell stories?
I think time has proven that the Mitchell card is just not as scarce as it at one time seemed. The grading company #'s certainly seem to indicate it is not as tough as some other cards, but I think that is partially because a bigger percentage of Mitchell cards are graded, because of its reputation and the higher dollar amount the card brings when sold. That is why I believe it is justified to have him at the higher 7 point level...people are still willing to pay the $ for him, but just not as much as previously. If not for the reputation, I think I would have placed it at the 5 or 4 point level.

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The Mitchell card is tough but available in lower grade. I would say that above a VG 3 grade, it gets very tough.
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Hi Brianp

Thanks for including me on your list with "honorary mention". That's fine, since I don't have the set anymore.

I do not recall if I had Miller sunset in this set. Back in those days (circa 1980's-1990's), the primary concern
was getting guys like Bemis, Clarke (Pitts), Donlin, Duffy, Graham, Karger, Keeler, Lobert, McLean, M.Mitchell,
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You can put me down at 4.....but highest graded should get at least another half point!!
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Feel free to post scans of your whole E90-1 collection, and I can break out the abacus and figure out your E-Monster number.

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Note that in the top row Cobb is worth 5 E-Monster points, while the Graham and Plank are worth 4 points each. Each card in the second row (Karger, Shean and Joss throwing) are worth 3 points each. The bottom row of Schlitzer, Hartzell and Donovan are worth 1 point. A few quick flips of the wrist on the Kraken Abacus would result in assigning this collection of 9 E90-1 cards 25 E-Monster points. Please note that condition is not relevant, nor are cards missing large portions downgraded (For example Cobb is still worth 5 points despite the fact that in actual cardboard material he would likely be only equivalent to 4 points, and the Karger would still be 3 points instead of 2.25 points).

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Here is an example of the Kraken Abacus in action. Please view the below scans.

Note that in the top row Cobb is worth 5 E-Monster points, while the Graham and Plank are worth 4 points each. Each card in the second row (Karger, Shean and Joss throwing) are worth 3 points each. The bottom row of Schlitzer, Hartzell and Donovan are worth 1 point. A few quick flips of the wrist on the Kraken Abacus would result in assigning this collection of 9 E90-1 cards 25 E-Monster points. Please note that condition is not relevant, nor are cards missing large portions downgraded (For example Cobb is still worth 5 points despite the fact that in actual cardboard material he would likely be only equivalent to 4 points, and the Karger would still be 3 points instead of 2.25 points).

The next Kraken Abacus calculation can be yours.

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Brian,

You may consider the condition of the Cobb irrelevant, but I have never cared for an abdominal gunshot wound victim, who would agree with you.
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looks like I'm at 111 (not likely to change )
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Please revise me to 187. Picked up four points without adding a card.
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Brian,

You may consider the condition of the Cobb irrelevant, but I have never cared for an abdominal gunshot wound victim, who would agree with you.
My gut reaction: I miss that Cobb - but it couldn't be in better hands.
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All true, but what Paul fails to mention is that Cobb is the true hero in this story...he took the blunt of the attack for his fellow E90-1 ballplayers, but there was still some collateral damage.

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Hmm...I build a spreadsheet to tabulate all of our Kraken numbers but something isn’t adding up.

I have 89 cards that are 1 pointers
I have 32 cards that are toughies, as listed in post #1

But my excel sheet only makes these add to 244, not the coveted 250.
I looked twice , maybe three times but it’s after midnight here...anyone care to check the math again?

To that point, I might have missed something but I have this electronic abacus file available to share so you can easily calculate your own Kraken number, just by clicking either “have” or “need”. There’s even a pie chart and some math formulae to help determine how close you are to the set, and the percentage of common (one pointers) versus “toughies”.

Let me know if you’d like the sheet... of course it needs to be fine tuned since my dreary eyes only see 244 points!
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Brian,
I agree with your math
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Ouch. Tony and Brian (not me) are correct. I should stop messing with new math and just figure out things the old fashioned way, utilizing a series of fingers and toes. I checked my abacus and some of the little discs have chunks missing from them, which I assume affects performance as well.

Dammit I didn't want to make another change, but my poor mathematics and that mystical 250 Kraken # requires it. There are three cards that were on the bubble to be elevated from 1 point status to 3 point status. If I had added up correctly before they would have been included. They are:

Bemis - now 3 points instead of 1
O'Connor - now 3 points instead of 1
Seigle - now 3 points instead of 1

I regrettably need to revise (and set in concrete, and then put some sort of concrete shellacking material over top, if such a product exists) the point tallies to reflect this. The complete set should come to 250 points (please double-check me!) and anyone who sees their name on the Kraken list with a 'subject to change' needs to re-figure their official set number.

My apologies,

Brian (the less accurate one)

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Brian P,

Thanks for all of your work on this.
It looks like we have finalized the Kraken number and we're ready to go!

So I've created the modern abacus to help track the complicated Kraken Calculation.
It doesn't appear as if I can upload a MS Excel file on to this site, so anyone desiring this spreadsheet can simply email me. A PM with *your* email address will also work.

My email address is my net54 user name at comcast dot net.

The familytoad Kraken number now sits at 110.

I don't have scans handy, but I'll add some of my low grade beauties as time allows.
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This is a snip of what the Kraken Abacus looks like. Mine shows 110 of the possible 250 points. 44% of the Kraken.

I have 77 of the 121 cards, or 63.64% of the actual set.
I also have 40% the toughies.
More pie charts will likely come with future versions.

To calculate, its as easy as picking "have" or "need" and the sheet does the work...
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Hi Brian P.

My current set (2nd set) consists of the subjects on display here, and 44 commons. Therefore, if my math is correct, my # is 93.


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Hi Ted, nice tough cards. The total I come up with is 95. Possibly the difference in our totals is that you have shown the Tinker and Chase cards, which are only one point, and thus I have counted them twice (both as part of your 44 commons you mentioned, and since they were scanned for the post). Let us know what the official total is and I will get your Kraken # up there.

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I just updated my Excel spreadsheet, adding all 121 cards to it (previously, I just had the cards I actually own reflected on it), and including the weighting in Brian's first post. I got a total number of 250 also, so it looks like the numbers are correct.

My number of 93 is also correct.

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