1923 Godfrey Phillips Sports Set

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Godfrey Phillips Sports
Year 1923
Size 1 7/16″ x 2 7/16″
Images Color
Type Tobacco
Number in Set

1923 Godfrey Phillips Sports Set Overview

1923 Godfrey Phillips Sports Golf.jpg1923 Godfrey Phillips Sports Boxing.jpgThis small tobacco set features a variety of sports. Simply called ‘Sports’ on the back, the issue includes a total of 25 cards.

None of the four major American sports are pictured but most will be familiar to collectors. Boxing, golf, tennis, wrestling, and soccer cards highlight the set. Each sport is named on the back but a caption is presented on the front.

Fronts of the cards feature color pictures of particular sports with white borders. Subjects pictured are considered generic ones as the names of specific athletes are not provided. Like other UK tobacco issues from around the same time period, backs include an ornate black and white printing. A short description of the sport and a card number are printed with the tobacco company mentioned at the bottom. At just under 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, these are slightly smaller than many other tobacco issues.

Perhaps the easiest thing to spot with this set is that it was designed to be humorous in nature. Athletes are mostly pictured in odd circumstances and it is easy to see that the set was designed to make collectors laugh.

Somewhat surprisingly, this set is not an easy one to find. Cards pop up individually but you rarely see complete sets offered for sale. But while sets are rare, finding one can be easier than building a set with individual cards. The cards are not even terribly easy to find on large marketplace hubs such as eBay.

1923 Godfrey Phillips Sports Set Checklist

  1. Skating
  2. Pole Walking
  3. Lacrosse
  4. Wrestling
  5. Tobagganing
  6. Water Polo
  7. Rugby
  8. Fishing
  9. Boxing
  10. Mountaineering
  11. Push-Ball
  12. Walking
  13. Tug of War
  14. Bathing
  15. Golf
  16. Hunting
  17. Fencing
  18. Cricket
  19. Tennis
  20. Racing
  21. Football (Soccer)
  22. Billiards
  23. Cycling
  24. Rabbit Shooting
  25. Cross Country Running

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