‘It’s In The Details’
|Size||1 1/2″ x 2 5/8″
|Number in Set
Turf Cigarettes Sports Records / Boguslavsky Set Overview
International pre-war baseball cards aren’t always easy to track down, but a rare UK issue offers collectors one of them – the 1925 Turf Cigarettes Sports Records / Boguslavsky set.
A George Sisler issue is the final card in the 50-card release (two series). The set focuses on various sports records held by athletes around the world and Sisler is recognized for his batting average.
The Sisler card is interesting for a few reasons. The back states he was included in the set for establishing a new American League batting average record of .420. However, the record really belongs to Nap Lajoie, who established it in 1901 by hitting .426 when playing for the Philadelphia Athletics, a new American League team. There was likely some confusion on the part of the creator of the card since Lajoie previously played for the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League until joining the Athletics in 1901.
The back of the Sisler card also mentions he would be added to a baseball monument. It doesn’t appear that monument was never actually created in the original form discussed, but had ties to some early origins for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
While no football, basketball, or hockey cards are found, there are numerous other sports familiar to American collectors such as boxing, soccer, golf, and tennis. The first 25 cards comprise the first series while the last 25 are the second.
Turf Cigarettes Sports Records / Boguslavsky Set Checklist
Below is complete checklist for the set:
- Lawn Tennis
- Shot Put (Putting the Weight)
- Hammer Throw (Throwing the Hammer)
- Pole Jumping
- High Jumping
- Motor Racing
- Motor Cycling
- Horse Jumping
- Flat Racing
- Soccer (Football)
- Lawn Tennis
- Whippet Racing
- Cross Country Running
- Furthest South Pole
- Water Polo
- Mountain Climbing
- Throwing the Javelin
- Highest Dive
- Gordon Bennet Cup Balloon Race
- Baseball (George Sisler)