It’s In The Details’
|Title||Cine Manual Playing Cards
|Year||1920s or 1930s
|Size||2 1/4″ x 3 5/8″
|Number in Set
Cine Manual Playing Cards Overview
The 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.
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.
Other popular sports in the set include tennis, soccer, and boxing. In addition, while many players are generic, some actual athletes are included, such as Max Schmeling. 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.