‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Bulgaria Cigarettes Sport Photos
|Size||1 5/8″ x 2 3/8″
|Images||Black and White
|Number in Set
Bulgaria Cigarettes Sport-Photos Overview
The 1932 Bulgaria Cigarettes Sport-Photos set included nearly 300 cards. Only one, however, featured a baseball player in New York Yankees star Babe Ruth.
A black and white image of Ruth is on the front of the card while the back includes German text as this is a German issue.
The card is an interesting one as Ruth isn’t the only high-profile athlete on it. Joining the future Hall of Fame baseball player was boxing champion Max Schmeling. All things considered, this is a tremendous pre-war card featuring arguably the top two athletes in their sport.
The back, wirtten in German, gives a short biography and calls Ruth the ‘baseball king’ from the unknown sport from across the ocean. The Ruth and Schmeling card is No. 256 in the set. Golf legend Walter Hagen is also included in the set as card No. 219.
Despite the card being a contemporary issue from Ruth’s playing days, it is easily one of Ruth’s more affordable cards from when he was still an active player. In even mid-grade condition, it can be purchased for only a few hundred dollars.
In addition to the Ruth card, a second major American sport is included as a few hockey cards are there as well.
Some action shot cards are in the set as is one for Dr. Blake Watson, a former amateur Canadian and European hockey star. Watson was likely included in the set not because of his Canadian background but because he later played in Germany, where this set was produced.
Watson, though, was known for more than hockey. He became an obstetrician and a dentist, and also is said to have had many celebrity patients, including Gary Cooper, Fred Astair, Judy Garland, Greta Garbo, and others.
Bulgaria Cigarettes Sport-Photos Checklist
Ruth is the only baseball player in the set.