1930s Amalgamated Press Champion Sports Wallet Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Amalgamated Press Champion Sports Sports Wallet
Year 1930s
Size 1 3/4″ x 2 9/16″
Images Black and White
Type Publications
Number in Set
48

1930s Amalgamated Press Champion Sports Wallet Overview

Amalgamated Press Sports Champions Joel McCrea FootballAmalgamated Press Sports Champions Lou BatesThis unique set includes athletes in a variety of sports. The concept is a bit different from other sets.

The set includes a set of eight booklets of cards. The cards, in original form, are all attached in a long strip and when each book is opened, the cards fall out like a plastic photograph holder in a wallet. Each booklet includes a total of six cards.

Many of the names are minor ones as the set includes some less popular U.S. sports such as soccer, auto racing, an aviation. But several popular sports are represented by cards including football, boxing, tennis, and hockey. Despite that, the series does include some big names, such as boxing legends Joe Louis and Max Schmeling, and tennis Hall of Famer Fred Perry. Additionally, another key card is a boxing card featuring the Hall of Fame trio of Jack Dempsey, Max Baer, and Primo Carnera. That card, interestingly, is in a booklet for movies and not the booklet featuring boxers. The lone hockey subject is Lou Bates, a star player for the Wembley team in the UK.

Amalgamated Press Sports Champions Dempsey Baer CarneraThe cards are black and white with a basic look and the athlete’s name at the bottom of each card. Backs are blank. The cards are very fragile. They are printed on a paper stock with a matte finish and are incredibly easy to damage. The covers that they come in have helped protect some of them but even the covers are only a standard construction paper stock.

The booklets are themed by sport, though two (Sporting Film Favourites and Sporting Marvels) include subjects from various sports. The Film Favourites booklet depicts actors playing athletes in movies. The lone exception is the aforementioned card featuring Dempsey, Baer, and Carnera. Those were real fighters and they appeared in a movie called, “The Prizefighter and the Lady.” Another interesting card in the Film Favourites set is that of actor Joel McCrea, who is pictured as a football player in the 1932 film, “The Sport Parade.”

Each booklet has a blue or white color and includes a cartoon depiction of the sport featured. The booklets then fit into holders inside of a large orange book dubbed “The Champion Sports Wallet.”

Amalgamated Sports Champions Book CoverThe eight individual booklets of cards include:

  • Ace Drivers of the Motor Track (Racing)
  • Famous Fighters (Boxing)
  • Football’s Finest Goal Getters (Soccer)
  • The Speedway’s Big Broadsiders (Racing)
  • Sporting Film Favourites (Multi-Sport)
  • Sporting Marvels (Multi-Sport)
  • Super-Men of the Skyways (Aviators)
  • Wizards of the Football Field (Soccer)

All of the booklets are quite rare. Because they were created with only basic construction paper, they are even harder to find in good condition.

1930s Amalgamated Press Champion Sports Wallet Checklist

Cards I have been able to confirm are listed below.

Ace Drivers of the Motor Track (Racing)

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Famous Fighters (Boxing)

  • Jim Braddock
  • Len Harvey
  • Joe Louis
  • Jock McAvoy
  • Jock Petersen
  • Max Schmeling

Football’s Finest Goal Getters (Soccer)

  • TBD
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The Speedway’s Big Broadsiders (Racing)

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Sporting Film Favourites (Multi-Sport)

  • Richard Arlen (Motorcycle Riding)
  • James Cagney (Boxing)
  • Buck Jones (Aviation)
  • Joel McCrea (Football)
  • Jack Oakie (Aviation)
  • Primo Carnera, Jack Dempsey, Max Baer (Boxing)

Sporting Marvels (Multi-Sport)

  • Lou Barry (Sculling)
  • Lou Bates (Hockey)
  • Fred Perry (Tennis)
  • H. Scott-Paine (Boat Racing)
  • C. Smirke (Horse Racing)
  • S. Wooderson (Track and Field)

Super-Men of the Skyways (Aviators)

  • TBD
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Wizards of the Football Field (Soccer)

  • C. Bastin
  • E. Brook
  • E. Glover
  • H. Hibbs
  • G. Hodgson
  • H. Millership

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