1908-22 Felix Potin Set and Checklist
‘It’s In The Details’
|Size||1 1/2″ x 2 5/8″
|Images||Black and White|
|Number in Set
1908-22 Felix Potin Set Overview
This massive set was produced by Felix Potin, a candy company. The cards included a total of three series and numerous subjects. Most were non-sports figures but many athletes were also included from boxing, wrestling, tennis, soccer, and golf.
In hand, the cards feel much more like small photographs. Like several other international issues, these were printed on thinner stock and they also have a bit of a semi-gloss as well.
The three series’ were printed in 1908 and 1922. Each contains around 500 cards. The first two series’ are both believed to have been printed in 1908 with a third series coming in 1922.
- 1st Collection – 500 cards
- 2nd Collection – 510 cards
- 3rd Collection – 510 cards
The set includes many notable athletes, including boxers Jack Johnson and Jack Dempsey, as well as tennis Hall of Famers Bill Tilden and Suzanne Lenglen, among others.
In addition to some of the more popular sports, there are many other highly collectable cards here. Some non-sports cards feature Charlie Chaplin, Teddy Roosevelt, Claude Monet, and Buffalo Bill. Others from minor sports include famous black cyclist Major Taylor and swimmer/surfer Duke Kahanamoku. A notable wrestling card is that of Paul Pons, who is recognized as the first Greco-Roman wrestling champion, winning the title in 1898.
While minor sports, some of these cards can be valuable. In decent condition, the cards of Taylor and Kahanamoku, for example, can easily top $100.
Numerous other minor sports are included, such as fencing, cycling, horse racing, track and field, rugby, and others.
1908-22 Felix Potin Set Checklist
A complete checklist for this set is not known but here is a list of the known sports cards.
Of note is that one boxer is unidentified (denoted with a question mark) in that checklist. That final boxer is Balzac Billy.