‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Bunsen Confectionery Famous Figures
|Images||Black and White
|Number in Set
1920s Bunsen Confectionery Famous Figures Set Overview
These cards are exceedingly rare and it is difficult to find even minor subjects. They were issued by Bunsen Confectionery, a candy company in London. As the backs of the cards state, they were presented by that company, though it is unclear how they were distributed or how many were printed.
The cards feature black and white images of various athletes. For such a difficult set, it might be expected that there would be a small amount in the set. That is not even remotely true, however. More than 700 cards in the set and I have tentatively stated a total of 800. That is because the cards were seemingly issued in subsets of 100. As a result, there would seem to be at least 800 in this massive issue.
Numerous sports were represented in the set, including tennis and boxing. As stated, cards were issued in series’ of 100 and these are the sports/series’ that are believed to be correct:
- First Series (1-99) – Royalty
- 100 Series (100-199) – Cricket
- 200 Series (200-299) – Unknown
- 300 Series (300-399) – Athletics/Tennis
- 400 Series (400-499) – Boxing
- 500 Series (500-599) – Jockeys
- 600 Series (600-699) – Soccer
- 700 Series (700-799) – Soccer
Key known cards are tennis stars Bill Tilden and Suzanne Lenglen as well as boxers George Carpentier, Kid Lewis, and Joe Beckett. Many others are likely but I have not confirmed their existence yet.
1920s Bunsen Confectionery Famous Figures Set Checklist
I have not seen a full checklist for this set but this site has a good start on one.