1932 Drake’s Cake and Yankee Cake Set and Checklist (D32)

‘It’s In The Details’

Title D32 Drake’s Cake / Yankee Cake
Year 1932
Size 2 1/2″ x 4 1/8″
Images Black and White
Type Bakery
Number in Set

1932 D32 Drake’s Cake and Yankee Cake Overview

1925-drakes-cakes-61-ruthDrake’s Cake/Yankee Cake put together a set of movie stars in 1932. While the cards are recognized as Drake’s Cake cards they can also be found with Yankee Cake backs.

The set is often listed as a 1925 issue, although that is impossible. Others credit it as a 1932 set, which is more realistic. That 1932 issue is more in line due to the presence of Maureen O’Sullivan, who was not active as a movie star until the 1930s. In 1925, she would have been only 14 years old. The only possibility for a 1925 set is one that would have started that year but spanned several years. Other similar evidence suggests the set could not possibly have been made that early, too, including a card for Babe Ruth.

While most of the set doesn’t appeal to collectors of only sports cards, the issue does boast one big time player.

Babe Ruth.

Ruth is the lone baseball subject in the collection of movie stars. And he’s included only because he appeared in some films. Ruth is called a Universal star but he did not appear in Universal films until 1932. Thus, his card is another reason the set cannot be dated to 1925. Here’s a closer look at that topic.

The front of the card is a black and white image of Ruth. The back has a Drake’s/Yankee Cake logo at the top and states the following:

“Made from the finest ingredients obtainable. Best butter, eggs, sugar, milk, fruits, spices, etc. – and plenty of them. Old fashioned home methods are then applied in our spotless kitchens to give you this result. Always open for inspection.”

In addition, the backs also state that the card is one of a series of 64 pictures of prominent film stars. The cards were found in most packages of Drake’s Cake (and, presumably, Yankee Cake) products.

1932 D32 Drake’s Cake and Yankee Checklist

Cards marked with an * are cards I’ve not personally confirmed. However, they are ones listed on Movie Card’s checklist found here.

  1. John Barrymore
  2. Lionel Barrymore
  3. Greta Garbo
  4. Joan Crawford
  5. Norma Shearer
  6. Clark Gable
  7. Marie Dressler
  8. Wallace Berry
  9. Ramon Novarro
  10. Leila Hyams
  11. Helen Hayes
  12. Una Merkel
  13. Myrna Loy
  14. Marion Davies
  15. Jackie Cooper
  16. William Haines*
  17. Lewis Stone*
  18. Conrad Nagel
  19. Robert Montgomery
  20. Chester Morris
  21. Billie Dove
  22. Betty Compson
  23. Mary Doran*
  24. Maureen O’Sullivan
  25. Ann Dvorak
  26. Dorothy Mackaill
  27. Bebe Daniels
  28. Edward G. Robinson*
  29. Barbara Stanwyck
  30. Kay Francis
  31. Loretta Young
  32. Marian Marsh
  33. Joan Blondell*
  34. James Cagney
  35. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
  36. Joe Brown
  37. William Powell
  38. Richard Barthelmess
  39. Richard Dix
  40. Dolores Del Rio
  41. Helen Twelvetrees
  42. Dorothy Del Rio
  43. Ricardo Cortez*
  44. Tom Keene
  45. Warner Baxter
  46. Joan Bennett
  47. H.B. Warner*
  48. Janet Gaynor
  49. Charles Farrell
  50. Edmund Lowe*
  51. Elissa Landi
  52. Victor McLaglen*
  53. Sally Eilers
  54. James Dunn
  55. George O’Brien
  56. Jack Holt
  57. Richard Cromwell
  58. Buck Jones
  59. Ron Mix
  60. Lew Ayres
  61. Babe Ruth (Baseball)
  62. Sidney Fox*
  63. Tom & Jerry
  64. Aesop’s Fables

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