1922 Davies & Herbert Newcastle Famous Boxers Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Davies & Herbert Newcastle Famous Boxers
Year 1922
Size  1 1/2″ x 2 3/4″
Images Black and White
Type Candy/Caramel
Number in Set
50 (?)

1922 Davies & Herbert Newcastle Famous Boxers Set Overview

Davies Herbert Newcastle Famous Boxers BoxingThese cards are exceedingly rare and it is difficult to find even minor subjects. They were issued by Davies & Herbert, a candy company in Australia. As the backs of the cards state, they were presented by that company, though it is unclear how they were distributed or how many were printed. In addition to this set, Davies & Herbert also printed a soccer/rugby set with the same design and, quite possibly, the same exact year.

The set is called ‘Newcastle Famous Boxers’ as it featured boxers from that area. No name is on the front of the cards but it is on the back along with a brief description of the subject. The cards were almost certainly printed inexpensively and have a low-quality appearance.

Because the subjects were Australian fighters, most names will not be familiar to American collectors. And in addition to boxers, the set included some cards of those affiliated with the sport but not necessarily fighting in the ring. For example, one card features George Player, who was, as the card describes, ‘a leading trainer of the north, with several coming champions.’ Another unique aspect to the set was that, similar to what the 1889 Kimball Champions (N184) set did, they recognized some child participants. One of those was then 14-year old George Pringle.

One notable checklisting point should not confuse collectors. A card exists for a fighter named Packy McFarlan. However, he should not be confused with the more famous American fighter, Packey McFarland. Though fighting loosely in the same time period, this was not the same fighter. That is similar for a card of Jack Johnson — he is not the legendary black American champion Johnson.

A few other oddities are known in the set. Two pairs of brothers, Billy and Cess Yates, and Don and Frank Burns, are found in it. Additionally, a few cards were also memorials as fighters had passed away before the set was produced.

The cards are not numbered and I have not been able to confirm how many might be in the set or even from what the set comes from. But a special offer on the back gives some clue to the former.

The company was willing to exchange a ‘new complete set’ of the cards mounted on art board in exchange for 50 assorted cards. That could mean that a card was shortlisted in order to limit the number of prizes offered but I have not been able to confirm that.

The cards are abundantly scarce and complete sets, even in low-grade condition, can sell for hundreds of dollars. Asking prices for better sets can be more than $1,000.

Variation

A second variation of this set is also known.

The main cards have a red and white decorative border. However, a variation of them has a solid red border. These cards seem even rarer and tougher to find. The cards feature the same pictures on the front for fighters that are duplicated (it is not known if every card is found with both variations).

Backs for the solid red bordered cards are also different. Those have a similar but different advertisement printed in blue ink as opposed to the black-ink backs on the other cards.

1922 Davies & Herbert Newcastle Famous Boxers Set Checklist

  1. Young Ahearn
  2. Siddie Bailey
  3. Bob Banks
  4. Vic Berry
  5. Don Burns
  6. Frank Burns
  7. Bill Butler
  8. Snow Cambridge
  9. Snow Clack
  10. Harry Collins
  11. Yank Conlen
  12. Les Darcy
  13. Harry Denham
  14. George Dennie
  15. Jummer Edwards
  16. Young Jummer Edwards
  17. Len Gaselle
  18. Garnie Gaynor
  19. H. Gresham
  20. Tiny Hibbard
  21. Jack Johnson
  22. Blue Jones
  23. Packy MacFarlan
  24. Reg Mack
  25. Tottie Mack
  26. Tom McKenzie
  27. Tom MaGuire (trainer)
  28. Greenie McCann
  29. Charles Moore
  30. Irish O’Grady
  31. Stanley O’Neill
  32. Len Oakes
  33. Ray Orrell
  34. Digger Pugh
  35. Fernand Quendreaux
  36. George Player (trainer)
  37. George Pringle
  38. Danny Regan
  39. Jim Riordan
  40. Len Shannon
  41. Harold Smith
  42. Billy Stephensen
  43. Les Treasure
  44. Harry Ward
  45. Tibby Watson
  46. D. Wilson
  47. Bill Yates
  48. Cess Yates
  49. TBD
  50. TBD

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