1932 Astra / Sanella Margarine Set
‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Sanella Margarine and Astra Margarine
|Size||2 3/4″ x 4 1/16″
|Number in Set
1932 Sanella Margarine and Astra Margarine Overview
While the set is mostly referred to as the Sanella issue, two companies actually distributed it – Sanella Margarine and Astra Margarine.
The German manufacturers produced this multi-sport set in 1932. Since these were German issues, text on the backs is entirely in German. The 112-card issue doesn’t draw much attention these days from American collectors with the exception of two baseball cards and a few of the other sports, which appear in the set checklist.
Sanella is, by far, the more common of the two. Astra cards are much more difficult to find and, as a result, more valuable. The difference between the two cards can be found on the back. One type has the Sanella logo while the other has the Astra mark.
The two types of cards are easy to spot from their backs. Sanella cards have their cursive-type logo while the Astra cards have a simple, bolded font.
Babe Ruth and Major Sports
One baseball player is a Japanese catcher, who is not identified on his card. However, I am almost positive that it is Japanese Hall of Famer Jiro Kuji for many reasons.
The second is New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth. The 1932 Sanella Margarine card is one of the most affordable Ruth issues from his playing days that you can find. The Ruth Sanella cards can be found for as little as $100.00 – $150.00.
Another interesting card is one featuring the sport netball. Netball sort of evolved from basketball when it was a new sport and while it’s not exactly basketball, it’s close and can be considered as sort of a pre-war basketball card. Finally, of the four major sports, an ice hockey (picturing a goalie making a save) is here, too. Other popular sports in the set include boxing, tennis, wrestling, and golf. Some of the athletes are identified while others are not.
Three or Four Types?
Three types of Sanella and Astra cards are absolutely known to exist. Many listings specify there is actually a fourth type but that is actually in doubt.
The three known types of Sanella cards are as follows (and pictured left to right here):
- Type 1: Logo centered with page number 83 on the back
- Type 2: Logo at the bottom with no mention of Page No. 83 the top
- Type 3: Logo at the bottom with a mention of ’83’ (Card No.) at the top
The fourth reported type is a version of a card with the Sanella logo centered and without the page number at the top. Adding to confusion is that at least one PSA Sanella card I have seen is labeled as Type 4 but actually Type 1. The fourth type is not likely to exist. Here’s a bit more on that claim.
To date, I am only aware of two types of Astra cards – one with a centered logo and one with a logo at the bottom. All Astra cards I have seen have included a page number but it is likely that some do not, which would mean three types exist for those, too.
One question that doesn’t seem to come up very often (likely due to the lack of interest about the other cards) is if all of the cards in the set can be found with all types of backs. While I have never confirmed that they can, my belief is that they do simply because I have seen too many front/back combinations for the same subject. It is difficult to imagine that only some have some variations.
1932 Sanella Album and Card Numbering
In addition to the cards, Sanella also produced an album, which you will see for sale from time to time. The albums included descriptions and places for collectors to store the cards. Titled, ‘Handbuch der Sports’, the translated version is “Handbook of Sports” or “Sports Handbook.”
It is important to note that the cards are not numbered but may appear that way at first. Some cards on the back mention the page number where they appear. The number can sometimes be mistaken for a card number, but it is easy to spot that is not the case as several cards have the same number. The number on the cards refers to the page in the album where the card belongs.
Dating – 1932 or 1933?
There is often some confusion among collectors regarding the date of this issue – is it from 1932 or 1933? Most, including PSA, consider this to be a 1932 issue. And unless these cards were issued very early in 1933, that seems to be correct.
The backs advertise something about missing pictures starting in February 1933. So unless these cards were distributed in January 1933, they are likely to be a 1932 issue.
1932 Sanella / Astra Margarine Checklist
The Sanella / Astra Margarine Checklist is not an easy one for American collectors since the backs of the cards are entirely in German. However, I have developed one based on the set I have.
I have tried to highlight the key German words in the title (naming a person when one is named and/or describing the scene in English). In addition, some of the cards have the aforementioned page numbers on them, depending on the variation. I have added those at the end.
- Abseilen (Lower down from a rope) – 3
- Lachsfang (Salmon fishing) – 4
- Cilly Aussem (Tennis) – 6
- Blue Bird (Blue race car) – 7
- Mercedes (Silver race car) – 7
- Freiballon-Wettfahrt (Balloon competition) – 8
- Einarmige Stutzwage auf dem Barren (One-armed parallel bar gymnast) – 9
- Japanese Baseball Player – 9
- Toni Bauhofer (Race car driver in #132 car) – 10
- Elli Beinhorm (Pilot) – 10
- Luis Trenker (Filmmaker) – 11
- Bogenschießen (Archery) – 13
- Ernst Pistulla (Boxing with punching bag) – 15
- Manfred von Brauchitsch (Race car driver in white) – 16
- Ellen Braumuller (Javelin thrower) – 16
- Jakob Brendel (Wrestling) – 17
- Paul de Bruyn (Marathon runner) – 17
- Herbert Buhtz (Rowing) – 18
- Erich Campe (Boxing) – 19
- Rudolf Caracciola (Mercedes race car driver) – 19
- Gottfried von Cramm (Tennis) – 20
- Curling – 21
- Emil Hirschfeld (Discus throwing) – 23
- Dirt Track Rennen (Motorcycles/Dirt bikes) – 23
- Maria Dollinger (Track and field) – 24
- Wolrad Eberle (Shot put) – 25
- Wolfgang Ehrl (Wrestling) – 25
- Gerhard Boetzelen (Rowing) – 26
- Eishockey (Ice Hockey) – 27
- Kornig 100m (Sprinting) – 27
- Helene Mayer (Fencing) – 28
- Gerhard Fieseler (Aviation) – 30
- Walter Flinsch (Rowing) – 30
- Cuno auf Klemm (C2 Airplane) – 31
- Jean Foldeak (Wrestling) – 32
- Keulenschwingen (Women club swinging) – 33
- Otto Furrer (Skiing) – 33
- Hertha BSC gegen Tennis-Borussia (Soccer) – 34
- Paul Sievert (Walking) – 25
- Pferd (Pommel horse) – 36
- Rudolf Ismayr (Weightlifting) – 37
- Percy Alliss (Golf) – 38
- Gunther Gronhoff (Aviation) – 39
- Pat O’Callaghan (Hammer throwing) – 40
- Handballspiel (Handball) – 41
- Heinrich Hax (Pistol Shooting) – 42
- Ernst Jakob Henne (Motorcycling) – 43
- Sonja Heine (Skating) – 43
- Hockeyspiel (Field hockey) – 45
- Erich Rahn (Jiu Jitsu) – 47
- Erwin Wegner (Hurdles) – 47
- Otto Schmidt (Horse racing) – 48
- Regatta (Sailing) – 49
- Arthur Jonath 100 m. (Sprinting) – 49
- Kanu Regatta (Rowing) – 50
- Hans Kilian and Sebastian Huber (Bobsled) – 51
- Eric Kochermann (Long jump) – 53
- Korbball (Netball / Basketball) – 54
- Kricket Spiel (Cricket) – 55
- Leo Sexton (Shot put) – 56
- La Crosse Spiel (Lacrosse) – 57
- Cyrano (Horse racing) – 58
- Paavo Nurmi (Running) – 59
- Helen Moody (Tennis) – 63
- Bussard III (Motor boat) – 65
- Beiwagenrennen (Motorcyling with sidecars) – 66
- Arthur Mundt (Diving) – 67
- Hans Nußlein (Tennis) – 68
- Outboard Rennboot (Motor boat) – 69
- Gebruder Sodemann (Kayaking) – 70
- Rennen in Hoppegarten (Horse racing) – 71
- Pelotaspiel (Man in white with blue hat) – 71
- Polo Spiel (Polo) – 72
- Ellen Preiß (Fencing) – 73
- Pushball (Men pushing large ball) – 74
- Quer durch Berlin (Swimming) – 75
- Rutt Arena (Motorcycling) – 75
- Globus Rhonrad (Person inside large metal ball) – 76
- Rieger wird Massiert (Trainer massaging athlete leg) – 77
- Ruddies gegen Staudt (Wrestling) – 77
- Damenzweier (Sledding) – 80
- Der Bierer des Berliner (Canoeing) – 81
- Rugby Spiel (Rugby) – 82
- Babe Ruth (Baseball) – 83
- Walter Sawall (Cycling) – 84
- Schlagball (Man batting ball with stick) – 85
- Clas Thunberg (Speed skating) – 87
- Max Schmeling vs. Jack Sharkey (Boxing) – 87
- Startsprung (Swimming) – 89
- Sechtstagerennen (Cycling) – 90
- Stanavo (Aviation) – 91
- Bora IV (Boating) – 91
- Wannsee 15 qm (Boating) – 92
- Hannes Schneider (Ski jumping) – 93
- Skijoring (Skiing pulled by horse) – 95
- Daniel Prenn (Tennis) – 96
- Hanne Sobek (Soccer) – 96
- Tilly Fleischer (Javelin) – 97
- Eduard Sperling (Wrestling) – 97
- Gustav Wegner (Pole vaulting) – 99
- Heinzenberg (Relay running) – 100
- Ellen Braumuller (Sprinting) – 102
- Tauziehen (Tug of war) – 104
- Telemark Spuren (Downhill skiing) – 105
- Der Torwart (Field hockey goalkeeper) – 106
- Charlie Mills (Horse racing with carriage) – 108
- Traversieren einer Eiswand (Ice mountain climbing) – 109
- Kunstflieger Ernst Udet (Pilot) – 111
- Waldlauf (Cross country running) – 112
- Erich Rademacher (Water polo) – 114
- Gottfried Weimann (Javelin throwing) – 115
- Hans Wolpert (Weightlifting) – 117