1935 R331 National Chicle Set First Pro Football Release

‘It’s In The Details’

Title R331 National Chicle
Year 1935
Size 2 3/8″ x 2 75/8″
Images Color
Type Candy
Number in Set
36

1935 R331 National Chicle Overview

35NC 11 Turk Edwards.jpg

The 1935 R331 National Chicle set isn’t the first pre-war football card issue. However, it is by far the most popular among collectors. It is not only the most popular football pre-war card set, but possibly the most popular football set spanning all eras.

This is the first full set dedicated to professional football players and, by default, includes rookie cards of every player.

Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne was the lone collegiate figure and is essentially the only card not considered a rookie since he appeared in the mixed card set, the 1933 Goudey Sport Kings release, two years earlier. The cards of Rockne and star Bronko Nagurski are the key ones in the set.

Rockne’s card was a little different from others in the set as he was honored the back. Other card backs included quotes and tips from football coaches on the game.

1935 R331 National Chicle Checklist

Below is a checklist for the entire 36-card set.

  1. Dutch Clark
  2. Bo Molenda
  3. George Kenneally
  4. Ed Matesic
  5. Glenn Presnell
  6. Pug Rentner
  7. Ken Strong
  8. Jim Zyntell
  9. Knute Rockne
  10. Cliff Battles
  11. Turk Edwards
  12. Tom Hupke
  13. Homer Griffiths
  14. Phil Sarboe
  15. Ben Ciccone
  16. Ben Smith
  17. Tom Jones
  18. Mike Mikulak
  19. Ralph Keheval
  20. Warren Heller
  21. Cliff Montgomery
  22. John/Shipwreck Kelly
  23. Beattie Feathers
  24. Clarke Hinkle
  25. Dale Burnett
  26. John Dell Isola
  27. Bull Tosi
  28. Stan Kostka
  29. Jim MacMurdo
  30. Ernie Caddel
  31. Nic Niccola
  32. Swede Johnston
  33. Ernie Smith
  34. Bronko Nagurski
  35. Luke Johnsos
  36. Bernie Masterson

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