1938 Gallaher Island Celebrities Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Gallaher Island Celebrities
Year 1938
Size  
Images Black and White
Type Tobacco
Number in Set
48

1938 Gallaher Island Celebrities Set Overview

1938 Gallaher Island Celebrities.jpgThis rare set was printed by Gallaher, Ltd. in London and Belfast for its tobacco products. It mostly featured little-known international athletes.

The set was a multi-sport issue covering numerous sports. Among them were boxing, golf, and soccer. Like some Canadian sets, several of these athletes participated in more than one sport.

Cards featured black and white images of athletes on the front along with their name at the bottom. Backs included a card number and a biography of the subject. The cards were different from most of Gallaher’s other issues, which were usually printed in color.

Baseball?

Of interesting note here is that the recognized checklist includes a few athletes identified as baseball and hockey players. I expect that those referenced for hockey participated in field hockey but the baseball ones are interesting.

Baseball players in the set that are referenced are F.E. Stroobant and Henry Mott. Nothing turns up on either player that I have seen to date so they were either very minor players in the sport or they were listed as baseball players in error. These cards are quite rare and, unfortunately, I have not yet located their cards to check out the biographies.

1938 Gallaher Island Celebrities Set Checklist

You can find a complete checklist of the set here.

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