1933 Uncle Jacks Candy Set (R317)

‘It’s In The Details’

Title R317 Uncle Jacks Candy
Year 1933
Size 1 7/8″ x 2 7/8″
Images Color
Type Candy/Gum
Number in Set

1933 Uncle Jacks Candy Overview

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The 1933 Uncle Jacks set is a rare issue with color tinted photos on the fronts and blank backs. The distributor was unknown when the American Card Catalog was printed but the cards were given the designation R317.

Today, the cards are considered among the rarer of the 1930s gum and candy card issues. That rarity is seen in the population reports among the three major grading companies. To date, PSA, SGC, and Beckett have not even combined to grade 200 of these cards in all. That rarity is somewhat explained as the set was only distributed regionally in the New England area.

While most 1930s gum cards were produced in full color, these ones are distinctive for their lack of that. Instead, the photos on the cards utilize a variety of single-color tints. A total of four different colors (red, green, blue, and purple) were used in their production.

With the exception of Tony Lazzeri and Ben Chapman, all cards have a vertical layout. Players appear in more than one color and each player likely is featured in all four colors. So while the set has 30 cards, the various tints for each player would provide for a master set of 120 cards.

Even though there are only 30 different players featured in the set, its rarity makes it incredibly difficult to even complete a basic set without the color variations. Approximately 2/3 of the set features Hall of Famers and the legendary Babe Ruth leads the way.  Notably absent, however, is teammate Lou Gehrig.

A box of unopened packs of these cards was believed to have been discovered in the 1980s. The packs are, of course, incredibly rare, but some have been auctioned in the past. Packs were clear where a player’s card could be seen and the back included a coupon for a World Series contest. Today, even these coupons are sought after by collectors.

A Special Contest

The cards were distributed in wax paper wrappers with a coupon redeemable for a trip to the 1933 World Series. The wrappers are relative scarce but not impossible to find. The cards were regional and the contest was said to be for ‘New England’ boys.

Collecting 100 wrappers would give the consumer one league baseball and also enter them into the contest for the World Series trip. That contest wasn’t a drawing, however. The ten boys who sent in the most coupons up until September 15th were the winners.

Uncle Jacks’ offices were listed as 33 Lyman Street in Springfield, Massachusetts and Third Street in Newport, Rhode Island.

1933 Uncle Jacks Candy Checklist

  1. Earl Averill
  2. Jim Bottomley
  3. Ed Brandt
  4. Ben Chapman
  5. Mickey Cochrane
  6. Joe Cronin
  7. Kiki Cuyler
  8. George Earnshaw
  9. Wes Ferrell
  10. Jimmie Foxx
  11. Frankie Frisch
  12. Burleigh Grimes
  13. Lefty Grove
  14. Bill Hallahan
  15. Gabby Hartnett
  16. Babe Herman
  17. Rogers Hornsby
  18. Chuck Klein
  19. Tony Lazzeri
  20. Fred Lindstrom
  21. Ted Lyons
  22. Pepper Martin
  23. Herb Pennock
  24. Babe Ruth
  25. Al Simmons
  26. Bill Terry
  27. Dazzy Vance
  28. Lloyd Waner
  29. Paul Waner
  30. Hack Wilson

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