Chocolat Guerin-Boutron Trade Cards Set and Checklist
‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Chocolat Guerin-Boutron Trade Cards
|Size||2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″|
|Number in Set
Chocolat Guerin-Boutron Trade Cards Overview
These unique trade cards were produced in France by a chocolate company, Guerin-Boutron. As you would expect, the text on the cards is in French.
Unlike other trade issues which were sometimes used by many different companies, these cards appear to be exclusive to the Guerin-Boutron name. Guerin-Boutron is still in operation today.
The cards feature color pictures of various subjects participating in all sorts of activities. Most of the cards are non-sports issues, but several sports cards are included.
The set has no formal name printed on it. But in addition to the color images on the front, the cards have a each card has a short title printed on the front. In addition, the backs have an advertisement for Guerin-Boutron, which starts with the phrase ‘Medailles a Toutes les Expositions’ at the top, which translates to ‘Medals at All Exhibitions.’ Collectors should note, however, that the Medals at All Exhibitions phrase appears on other Guerin-Boutron trade cards not affiliated with this set.
I have never seen an exact date for these cards. However, most sources cite them as an issue from around 1900.
One of the set’s key cards pictures a tennis player. The card features a woman with a racket preparing to hit a ball coming over the net. The title of the tennis card is La Raquette.
Collectors looking for the tennis card should pay close attention to the cards in the set and make sure the one pictured on this page is the target. A second card looks like a tennis card but instead pictures two girls with rackets playing badminton. The title is also similar as the card includes the caption of Ma Raquette.
As a sports card, that one is somewhat desirable. However, it is not nearly as popular as the tennis card.
Chocolat Guerin-Boutron Trade Cards Checklist
A complete checklist for this set is not yet known. However, the known sports cards have been listed below.
- L’Arrivee (Horse Racing)
- Le Jeu de Boules (Bowls)
- Le Patinage (Ice Skating – boys)
- La Premiere Lecon (Ice Skating – girls)
- La Raquette (Tennis)
- Ma Rauqette (Badminton)
- Nons Allons Rapporter Une Friture a Maman (Fishing – girls)