‘It’s In The Details’
|Title|| Kosmos Olympia
|Images||Black and White / Color
|Number in Set
1936 Kosmos Olympia Overview
The 1936 Kosmos Olympia set is yet another international set featuring the Olympics from 1936. Like most, these were printed by a German company as Germany (in the city of Berlin) was the host country for the Summer Olympics that year.
The set, like many others, features black and white photos that are more like photos as they are printed on a paper-type of stock. The cards encompass all sorts of sports but the three issues most Americans are typically interested in are cards featuring Jesse Owens, ice hockey, and basketball. The Owens cards are considered rookie cards of a sort while the basketball cards are also among the first Olympic basketball cards as that was the first year the sport was a full-time Olympic sport.
Backs of the cards have a short biography for the subject/sport being depicted and also a mention of a special offer.
One interesting feature of the set is there are at least two sizes of cards – a smaller, more traditional size, and a larger size that is approximately 6″ x 9″. Backs of the smaller cards mentioned an offer was available for larger cards and those appear to be some sort of redemption card. A collector’s book for the cards was also available.
Overall, the cards are pretty rare and not as common as some other similar sets produced that year, like the 1936 Reemtsma cards – another German tobacco set produced for the Olympics. The larger cards even more scarce.
1936 Kosmos Olympia Checklist
To date, I have not yet assembled a full checklist for this set.