Among the scarcest of all the catalogued tobacco issues, 1911 T217 Mono Baseball cards were limited to distribution only on the West Coast. There are 23 baseball players, all from the Pacific Coast League (PCL), and the rest of the set is made up of actresses. Though most hobby-related checklists show only the baseball subjects, their scarcity makes getting even a type card example a challenge.
The T217 Mono Baseball fronts feature black-and-white images surrounded by a thick black line and a white border. The player's name and team city appear in the white border beneath the photo. The card sizing checks in at 1-7/16" x 2-9/16".
Cards for the actresses do not include names, so many remain unknown to this day. Although the checklist for the baseball players is believed to be complete, the full checklist with all actresses is not available.
On the back of T217 Mono Baseball cards is a plain advertisement for Mono Turkish Blend Cigarettes. There is also a notation that the card is part of a set of 200 cards, that were "Selected from Leading Actresses and Base Ball Players."
Two players, Flame Delhi and Hugh Smith, can be found with different poses in T217 Mono Baseball. This brings the grand total for baseball subjects to 25 different cards in all. Although it is not stacked with top options, several of the players in the checklist would go on to play in the majors. Among those players, shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh is the biggest name in the T217 Mono Baseball checklist.
1911 T217 Mono Baseball Set Checklist
Flame Delhi - Eyes Closed
Flame Delhi - Eyes Opened
Hugh Smith - Batting
Hugh Smith - Fielding