1926 Shotwell Red Grange Ad-Backed Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Shotwell Red Grange Ad-Backed
Year 1926
Size 2″ x 3 1/8″
Images Black and White
Type Candy/Caramel
Number in Set

1926 Shotwell Candy Red Grange Ad-Backed Cards Overview


In 1926, Shotwell Candy created two sets of Red Grange football cards. One was a 12-card mostly action set with various shots during his career and the second was a 24-card set featuring Grange in his movie, “One Minute to Play.” Both sets of cards were available in packages of Shotwell Candy’s Red Grange candy bars.

This issue will generally be more desirable to sports collectors as the pictures feature Grange mostly in action shots. The other set shows scenes from Grange’s movie.

The two sets are easily distinguished. In addition to one having an advertisement and the other being blank, the cards look different in appearance. The movie cards with the blank backs are mostly horizontal with longer captions. This set with the advertisements is mostly vertical and has much shorter captions.

This 12-card set features advertisements on the back while the movie cards had blank backs. The ads on the back stated that the card was one of 12 featuring Grange, calling him ‘The Greatest Football Player of All Time.” Collectors would receive an autographed 11″ x 14″ picture of Grange in exchange for 40 cents worth of stamps. In addition, collectors could receive an album of 12 pictures (presumably, the ones on these cards) and the story of Grange’s football career in exchange for 35 cents in stamps.

Stamps were to be mailed to the Shotwell Manufacturing Company to their P.O. Box (P.O. Drawer M) in Chicago Illinois.

1926 Shotwell Candy Red Grange Ad-Backed Cards Checklist

  1. Getting Under Way
  2. A Forward Pass
  3. The Start of One of Those Famous 50-yd. Runs
  4. Passing it Along
  5. Picking a High One
  6. Red and his Famous Coonskin Coat
  7. America’s Most Famous Ice Man
  8. The Famous Smile
  9. Illinois Famous Half Back
  10. The Kick that put it Over
  11. On the Run
  12. Harold E. “Red” Grange Himself

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