1931 J.A. Pattreiouex Sports Trophies Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title J.A. Pattreiouex Sports Trophies
Year 1931
Size 1 3/8″ x 2 5/8″
Images Color
Type Tobacco
Number in Set

1931 J.A. Pattreiouex Sports Trophies Set Overview

1931Pattreioux Sports Trophies BaseballThis set included 50 cards featuring prestigious sports trophies. The cards were distributed by Manchester tobacco company J.A. Pattreiouex for its cigarette brands. The Quality Cigarettes name is printed at the top of the fronts.

The cards featured color pictures of trophies from sports around the world. While all are sports issues, cards featuring baseball, golf, and tennis are highly desirable to American collectors.

Some, such as a card for the Gordon Bennett Cup given to the ‘Champion Dog’ at the Pekin Palace Dog Show, are less interesting to most. Other sports represented in the set include things such as soccer, rugby, polo, yachting, bowling, cycling, and rowing.

The baseball trophy was not the World Series trophy. Instead, it was the Baseball Cup, which was a silver cup awarded to the winner of the British Baseball Competition. The trophy, as pictured here, also had a topper of a baseball player on it.

Many of the trophies will not be familiar with American collectors as the majority were not distributed here. However, some are well-known, such as the Davis Cup.

The set is rare and not easily found, particularly in the United States. They will occasionally surface on eBay and are mostly sold by international dealers.

A Belt … not a Trophy

1931 J.A. Pattreioux Sporting Trophies Charlie Mitchell Belt BoxingOne of the more interesting cards is for the sport of boxing.

The card pictures a championship belt instead of a trophy. Card No. 24 pictures the belt given to Charlie Mitchell after fighting champion John Sullivan. Interestingly, Mitchell did not actually defeat Sullivan, only fighting him to a draw. The fight was said to last 39 rounds and more than three hours.

While it might seem odd to award a championship belt to a boxer that didn’t win, the draw was viewed as a tremendous achievement. Mitchell was soundly defeated by Sullivan in 1883 and Sullivan was unbeaten.

Heritage auctioned the actual belt off in 2015 with it selling for more than $50,000.

1931 J.A. Pattreiouex Sports Trophies Set Checklist

To date, I have not been able to identify every trophy in the checklist. However, the ones I have verified are provided below.

  1. TBD
  2. R.A.F. Inland Area Golf Championship
  3. Rugby Challenge Cup
  4. Rowing Metropolitan Challenge Cup
  5. Daily Telegraph Challenge Cup
  6. Rowing Grand Challenge Cup
  7. Olympic Games Marathon Racing Trophy
  8. The King’s Shield
  9. Grand Military Cup
  10. International Horse Show Gold Cup
  11. Polytechnic Marathon Trophy
  12. Grand National Steeplechase Trophy
  13. The Waterloo Cup
  14. Richmond Royal Horse Show Cup
  15. Royal Aero Club Cup
  16. American Yachting Cup
  17. TBD
  18. TBD
  19. TBD
  20. Cycling Challenge Cup
  21. TBD
  22. The Barbican Cup
  23. Baseball Cup
  24. Mitchell-Sullivan Championship Belt (Boxing)
  25. TBD
  26. TBD
  27. Football Association Cup (Soccer)
  28. TBD
  29. The Davis Cup (Tennis)
  30. The Ashburton Shield
  31. Ashes Urn
  32. TBD
  33. TBD
  34. Henley Regatta Trophy
  35. TBD
  36. TBD
  37. Professional Lawn Tennis Championship (Tennis)
  38. NRA Shooting Trophy
  39. TBD
  40. TBD
  41. King’s Coronation Cup
  42. TBD
  43. Lawn Tennis Championship Cup (Tennis)
  44. TBD
  45. Gordon Bennett Cup
  46. Talbot Cup
  47. Calcutta Cup
  48. Muratti Cup
  49. TBD
  50. Ashton Gold Golf Trophy

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