Cine Manual Playing Cards Set and Checklist

It’s In The Details’

Title Cine Manual Playing Cards
Year 1920s or 1930s
Size 2 1/4″ x 3 5/8″
Images Color
Type Game Cards
Number in Set

Cine Manual Playing Cards Overview

Cine Manual Playing Cards Basse Ball - BaseballCine Manual Wrestling CardThe Cine Manual set included a Spanish set of 48 playing/trading cards featuring a variety of sports and non-sports items. Among the four major sports, there is a point of contention if baseball is one of the subjects included.

Other popular sports in the set include tennis, soccer, wrestling, and boxing. In addition, while many players are generic, some actual athletes are included, such as boxers Max Schmeling and Paulino Uzcudun. Non-sports personalities are here, too. One is American actor Tom Mix. Overall, the set is an odd, eclectic mix of characters.

The set is generally listed as being either a 1928 issue or a 1930s issue.

The cards are quite rare and difficult to find in the U.S. However, they are often found in high-grade condition, which is shocking because they are printed on a thinner, almost paper-like stock.

Cards all have numbers in the corners like standard playing cards. And, also like American playing cards, more cards are assigned more than one number. There are four cards per number and the numbers go up to 12. However, different suits are not easily identifiable. They appear to be represented by swords, clubs, trophies, and yellow balls. Unlike suits on American cards, though, they are not consistent as the placement varies and the number of each item depicted generally represents the number of the card. For example, for the swords suit on the wrestling card pictured here, the card number is eight so eight swords appear.

Baseball, er, Basse-Ball

No. 5 in the set is titled ‘Jugadores de Basse-Ball.’ The players on the card, however, do not look like they are playing the American sport. Instead, three players are shown with clubs of some sort along with a small ball.

Then there’s the matter of the translation. The word ‘Basse-Ball’ on the card makes it seem like an attempt to state the sport is baseball. But the cards are printed in Spanish and the Spanish word (at least nowadays) for baseball is beisbol. If baseball was the intended name, however, the translation printed would be ‘baseball players.’

Despite all of that, the sport being (poorly) depicted is baseball. As this book mentions, the sport was spelled in various ways in Spanish-speaking lands and Basse-Ball was one of those.

But while the game is cleared up, the artist certainly did a poor job with this one. The crude drawings found in the set are one thing. But this looks nothing like the sport we know as baseball. If anything, the players depicted look like golfers or even field hockey players since they each are holding clubs and a small ball appears to be on the ground. It seems likely that the artist was unfamiliar with the game.

Cine Manual Playing Cards Checklist

Here is a checklist for the set. In addition, for the cards that I have seen, below I have begun to correspond the particular cards with their playing card number (1-12).

  • 1. Clown on Bicycle
  • 1. Charlie Chaplin
  • 1. Prince Sixto de Borbon
  • 1.
  • 2. Bull Fighter
  • 2. Cycling
  • 2.
  • 2.
  • 3. Paulino Uzcudun (Boxing)
  • 3. Canoeing
  • 3. Charles Lindbergh
  • 3.
  • 4. Swimming and Diving
  • 4. Modesto Madariaga
  • 4.
  • 4.
  • 5. Basse-Ball (Baseball)
  • 5. Boxing
  • 5. Polo
  • 5.
  • 6. Floating Ball
  • 6. Canoeing
  • 6. Equestrian
  • 6.
  • 7. Football (Soccer)
  • 7. Trapeze Artists
  • 7. Tennis
  • 7.
  • 8. Luchadores (Wrestling)
  • 8. Bowling
  • 8.
  • 8.
  • 9. Harold Lloyd
  • 9. Aviators
  • 9. Kayaking
  • 9. Aviatiors
  • 10. Bull Fighter
  • 10. Mariano Canardo
  • 10.
  • 10.
  • 11. Tom Mix
  • 11. Douglas Fairbanks
  • 11. Jimenez Iglesias
  • 11.
  • 12. Max Schmeling (Boxing)
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