1938 Bocnal Luminous Silhouettes Set

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Bocnal Luminous Silhouettes
Year 1938
Size 1 3/8″ x 2 9/16″
Images Black and White
Type Tobacco
Number in Set

1938 Bocnal Luminous Silhouettes Overview

1938 Bocnal Silhouettes Football (Soccer)This cigarette card set from the UK features a variety of sports played in various parts of the world. There are a total of 25 cards in the set.

The cards feature black and white pictures of various sports being depicted, including hockey, golf, soccer (called football, as it is known by that name around the globe), rugby, and track and field, among others. The most popular sports absent from the set are probably baseball and boxing. The cards were distributed by The Bocnal Tobacco Company in London with their Newgent Virginia Cigarettes.

This interesting release is most known for its glow in the dark capabilities. As stated on the backs of the cards, when exposed to a bright light, they will appear luminous in the dark. The cards also mentioned that the picture will show best in complete darkness.

While many of the late 1920s and 1930s UK tobacco cards have little value, this set is actually a little more desirable as it is significantly rarer than many issues.

These are pretty standard cigarette cards but do measure a bit smaller at only 2 9/16″ long. All pictures in the set are horizontal despite the fact that the backs are vertical.


1938 Bocnal Silhouettes Ice HockeyThe ice hockey card is, without a doubt, the most popular in the set. Collectors should note there are two hockey cards in the set – a field hockey card and an ice hockey card. The field hockey card is simply called hockey while ice hockey is called ice hockey.

The ice hockey card features a player with the puck and a goaltender in the background.

The hockey card is No. 20 in the set and is generally the most desirable card, ahead of other popular ones, including golf, soccer, and, to a lesser degree domestically, cricket.

Players pictured, as are the other athletes on other cards, are unnamed.

1938 Bocnal Luminous Silhouettes Set Checklist

  1. Fishing
  2. Skittles
  3. Golf
  4. Squash
  5. Cricket
  6. Rowing
  7. Deck Tennis
  8. Badminton
  9. Billiards
  10. Swimming
  11. Cycling
  12. Table Tennis
  13. Fencing
  14. Darts
  15. Hurdling
  16. Fives
  17. Steeplechasing
  18. Greyhound Racing
  19. Field Hockey
  20. Ice Hockey
  21. Rugby
  22. Running
  23. Tennis
  24. High Jump
  25. Football (Soccer)

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