‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Josetti / Jasmatzi Ramses / Sulima Tobacco Film Stars (with Babe Ruth)
|Size||1 1/2″ x 2 3/8″
|Images||Black and White
|Number in Set
||816 (272 in each of three series)
1931 Josetti / Jasmatzi Ramses / Sulima Tobacco Film Stars (with Babe Ruth) Overview
This massive set includes three series of movie star cards. While mostly a non-sports set, a card of Babe Ruth makes it an issue of interest for pre-war card collectors. On his card, Ruth is pictured with actor Harold Lloyd. The two appeared in a movie together called ‘Speedy.’ Another sports great, boxing legend Max Schmeling, is also in the set. Schmeling was included as this was a German release.
The set is mistakenly often referred to as having 272 cards, but that is not true. The set actually contains three series of 272 cards in each one, giving it a total of 816 in the set.
The Ruth/Lloyd card is in the first series and is number 181.
The set is also generally called the Josetti Tobacco Film Stars set. However, the same cards were also used for other tobacco manufacturers, Jasmatzi Ramses and Sulima. The cards have the same numbers across the three sets.
I have referred to the sets as a 1931 issue here, however the Jasmatzi Ramses set is sometimes cited as a 1933 set.
1931 Josetti / Jasmatzi Ramses / Sulima Tobacco Film Stars (with Babe Ruth)
Ruth is the only known athlete from the four major sports in the set.