‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Rose Marie Chokladen
|Images||Black and White
|Number in Set
1930s Rose Marie Chokladen Overview
This rare issues comes to collectors from Sweden. It is the product of a company called Rose Marie Chokladen, which was a candy company.
A black and white picture of an athlete is shown on the front with their name and a card number at the bottom. Backs have an ad in Swedish for Rose Marie Chokladen (chocolates). The back gives pricing for their pralines and chocolates while identifying the name of Carl Peter Jahlsson, who could be the founder or owner of the company.
This is a multi-sport set known mostly for its cards featuring tennis, boxing, and track and field. Other things, such as soccer and ice skating, are also featured. it is similar to another issue produced in Sweden around the same time that featured most of those same sports – the 1930s Forsbergs set.
As an international issue, many of the athletes are unknown. However, collectors will recognize several names, including Hall of Fame boxers Jack Dempsey, Max Schmeling, Gene Tunney, and others. Tennis greats Bill Tilden, Suzanne Lenglen, Helen Wills, and several others are also featured. Many of the names are found in that aforementioned Forsbergs set.
The cards are pretty tough to find here in the U.S. They are not impossible to locate but do not surface too often.
The dating for this set appears somewhat up in the air. It is sometimes called a 1930 set while others cite it as a 1930s issue.
1930s Rose Marie Chokladen Checklist
A partial checklist for this set can be seen here. I have not seen a complete checklist for this set but given that confirmed cards are known in the 90s and that I have not seen any beyond 100, 100 may be the number of cards in this issue.