1929 Wills Rugby Internationals Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Wills Rugby Internationals
Year 1929
Size 1 3/8″ x 2 5/8″
Images Color
Type Tobacco
Number in Set

1929 Wills Rugby Internationals Set Overview

This is one of the many tobacco card issues produced by Wills in the 1920s and 1930s. Like many sets, these cards were later reprinted.

This set includes a total of 50 rugby cards. The cards have full color caricatures of players in a variety of poses. The fronts have white borders, the player’s name, and the Wills Cigarettes name. Like many other international sets, only the player’s first and middle initials are provided in most instances.

The artwork on the fronts is accompanied by an artist’s name of ‘MEL’, who provided artwork for other similar international series’.

Backs include the ‘Rugby Internationals’ headline at the top and mention there are a total of 50 cards in the set. The majority of the space on the back is used for a biography of the player. The bottom includes the W.D. & H.O. Wills tobacco brand name and mentions the cards were issued by the Imperial Tobacco Company of Great Britain and Ireland, Ltd.

Like many international sports issues out of the UK, these cards are often found in very good condition as collectors often took care of their cards are stored these in albums.

The cards are a standard tobacco size, similar to other international issues, measuring just less than 1 1/2″ wide and a little larger than 2 1/2″ tall.

1929 Wills Rugby Internationals Set Checklist

  1. C.D. Aarvold
  2. T.W. Brown
  3. R. Cove-Smith
  4. H.C.C. Laird
  5. H.C. Periton
  6. G.M. Slagen
  7. R.W. Smeddle
  8. R.H. Sparks
  9. E. Stanbury
  10. J.S. Tucker
  11. D. Turquand-Young
  12. H. Whitley
  13. H. Wilkinson
  14. G.S. Wilson
  15. A. Young
  16. J.W. Allan
  17. J.M. Bannerman
  18. W.V. Berkley
  19. C.H.C. Brown
  20. D. Drysdale
  21. J.C. Dykes
  22. H.D. Greenlees
  23. G.P.S. Mcpherson
  24. J.B. Nelson
  25. J.R. Paterson
  26. W.M. Simmers
  27. Ian S. Smith
  28. R.T. Smith
  29. Tom Arthur
  30. J.A. Bassett
  31. H.M. Bowcott
  32. A. Bowdler
  33. Ivor Jones
  34. W. Guy Morgan
  35. J. Morley
  36. W.C. Powell
  37. Cecil Pritchard
  38. John Roberts
  39. Frank Williams
  40. J.E. Arigho
  41. G.R. Beamish
  42. R. Byers
  43. S.J. Cagney
  44. J.D. Clinch
  45. E.O. Davy
  46. J.L. Farrell
  47. C.J. Hanrahan
  48. G.V. Stephenson
  49. J.W. Stewart
  50. M. Sugden

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