1935 Indiana-Sport-Avion Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Indiana-Sport-Avion
Year 1935
Size 2 3/8″ x 3″
Images Black and White
Type Miscellaneous
Number in Set
136

1935 Indiana-Sport-Avion Overview

Avion.jpgFootball Indiana Sport Avion.jpgThe 1935 Indiana-Sport-Avion set remains a mystery to collectors. The black and white set features a variety of sports and non-sports cards but not much more is known.

The cards are from France and obviously written in French. The backs state that there are 136 cards in the set and that the set is a ‘DONAT’ product. That is a reference to the apparent producer, printed at the very bottom, Jean-Donat Dupont.

The name is somewhat puzzling at first since ‘Avion’ translated means ‘plane’ in English. But what many collectors do not realize is that many early cards in the set’s numbered checklist are indeed cards of various airplanes. It appears that at least the first 21 cards are, in fact, all featuring airplanes. The set is a mix of airplanes and athletes – hence the ‘Sport-Avion’ name.

Babe Ruth headlines the set and only one other baseball player (Darrell Blanton) is included in the entire set. Other known sports include American football, boxing, and wrestling. The football card is called ‘Rugby Americain’ but it depicts the sport of football, not rugby. Wrestling cards depict early star Strangler Lewis.

Fronts of the card feature a black and white image with the ‘Indiana-Sport-Avion’ name in bold, black letters at the bottom. Below that is a caption of what is being depicted as well as a card number.

It should be noted that DONAT produced other similar Indiana sets of 136 images of movie stars and other athletes. The movie stars have the same types of backs and should not be confused with this set. A key difference is that the fronts of that set do not carry the ‘Indiana-Sport-Avion’ name. The other Indiana-Sport cards have some differences in fonts and are completely different sets. For example, while a card No. 15 I have seen for this set features an airplane, here is one of the ‘other’ Indiana-Sport’ cards for No. 15 depicting a boxer. The company also produced a 136-card cowboy and Indian set.

1935 Indiana-Sport-Avion Checklist

The cards are scarce and it has made putting together a checklist a difficult pursuit. But I have listed the known cards that I have seen below.

While 136 cards are advertised in the set, I have yet to see one beyond 100 or even close to it. This raises questions about the actual number of cards printed.

  1. TBD
  2. TBD
  3. Gerhard Fieseler/Tigre II Plane
  4. TBD
  5. TBD
  6. TBD
  7. Hydrav – Lieutenant de Vaisseau Paris Plane
  8. Avion Amphibie Baby Clipper Plane
  9. TBD
  10. Avion Comet
  11. Hydravion Lance Par Catapulte Plane
  12. Avion Stratospherique Farman Plane
  13. Avion Winnie-Mae de Wiley Post
  14. Avion Irish-Swoop
  15. Avion Farman “Type 221” Plane
  16. TBD
  17. Avion Savoia-Marcheti
  18. Avion de Chasse
  19. TBD
  20. TBD
  21. Avion “Mystery-Plane”
  22. TBD
  23. Henri DeGlane
  24. DeGlane-Kwariani
  25. Rigoulot
  26. DeGlane-Strangler Lewis
  27. Strangler Lewis-Kwariani
  28. Michot-Santen
  29. Paoli-Rigoulot
  30. TBD
  31. TBD
  32. TBD
  33. Darrell/Cy Blanton (Baseball) – misspelled ‘Darrel’
  34. Course de Triporteurs (Scooters race)
  35. TBD
  36. Jim Londos and Georges Zakarias
  37. TBD
  38. TBD
  39. TBD
  40. TBD
  41. TBD
  42. Nouveau Blue-Bird (Car)
  43. TBD
  44. TBD
  45. TBD
  46. Courses En Side-Car (Motorcycling with sidecars)
  47. TBD
  48. TBD
  49. TBD
  50. Joe Louis and Primo Carnera (Boxing)
  51. TBD
  52. Peacock (Track and field)
  53. TBD
  54. Aquaplane (Jetskiing)
  55. TBD
  56. TBD
  57. TBD
  58. TBD
  59. TBD
  60. Babe Ruth (Baseball)
  61. TBD
  62. American Football (Called ‘Rugby American’)

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