1912 Gallaher Sports Series Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Gallaher Sports Series
Year 1912
Size 1 1/2″ x 2 5/8″
Images Color
Type Tobacco
Number in Set
100

1912 Gallaher Sports Series Set Overview

1912 Gallaher Sports Series Golf1912 Gallaher Sports Series Tennis1912 Gallaher Sports Series Boxing

This multi-sport issue was distributed by Gallaher, Ltd., a Belfast and London tobacco company. Cards were distributed in their Gallaher’s Cigarettes products.

Many different sports are represented and sports are grouped in tens as indicated below. All sports have ten cards with the exception of cricket, which has 20.

  • Golf (Cards 1-10)
  • Croquet (Cards 11-20)
  • Rugby (Cards 21-30)
  • Boxing (Cards 31-40)
  • Swimming and Diving (Cards 41-50)
  • Soccer (Cards 51-60)
  • Field Hockey (Cards 61-70)
  • Cricket (Cards 71-90)
  • Tennis (Cards 91-100)

Some of the cards are generic and do not feature specific athletes but others do have real players named. When a real athlete was featured, his name is printed in cursive red ink on the front. Generic ones simply discuss game play on the back. The cards are still very desirable among collectors and are not terribly easy to find.

1912 Gallaher Sports Series BacksThe set, as specified on the backs, features 100 different cards and is called ‘Sports Series.’ The name Sports Series is written in two different fonts — some cards have a thicker, larger font while on others, the name is smaller and thinner. Fronts have color pictures of athletes performing various techniques in their particular sport. The picture on the front is within a white border area with black diagonal lines in the corners to give it the appearance of a small picture frame.

The backs give a description of the picture on the front. It is one of the many international tobacco sets that was instructional in nature, teaching collectors to play the sports shown. Some of the players named on the front are also referenced on the back. Others, however, are not. For example, James Braid is the figure noted on all ten golf cards on the front but he is not named on the reverse.

The set includes many notable athletes, including British heavyweight boxing champion Gunner Moir and golfing legend James Braid.

While this is a larger set of 100 cards, the smaller subsets making up individual sports are sometimes sold or described as being a ‘set.’ Really, however, those are only subsets and the full set consists of the 100 cards.

1912 Gallaher Sports Series Set Checklist

I have not yet been able to verify a complete checklist for this issue yet. Below are cards I have identified to date. When I have seen a particular athlete identified on a card, I have added that as well.

  1. Golf – James Braid
  2. Golf – James Braid
  3. Golf – James Braid
  4. Golf – James Braid
  5. Golf – James Braid
  6. Golf – James Braid
  7. Golf – James Braid
  8. Golf – James Braid
  9. Golf – James Braid
  10. Golf – James Braid
  11. Croquet
  12. Croquet
  13. Croquet
  14. Croquet
  15. Croquet
  16. Croquet
  17. Croquet
  18. Croquet
  19. Croquet
  20. Croquet
  21. Rugby
  22. Rugby
  23. Rugby
  24. Rugby
  25. Rugby
  26. Rugby
  27. Rugby
  28. Rugby
  29. Rugby
  30. Rugby
  31. Boxing – Gunner Moir
  32. Boxing – Gunner Moir
  33. Boxing – Gunner Moir
  34. Boxing – Gunner Moir
  35. Boxing – Gunner Moir
  36. Boxing – Gunner Moir
  37. Boxing – Gunner Moir
  38. Boxing – Gunner Moir
  39. Boxing – Gunner Moir
  40. Boxing – Gunner Moir
  41. Swimming – Backstroke
  42. Swimming – Sidestroke
  43. Diving – A Header
  44. Swimming – Breastroke
  45. Swimming – Breastroke
  46. Diving – Swiss Dive
  47. Diving – Swiss Dive
  48. Swimming – Throwing Somersault
  49. Swimming – Racing Dive
  50. Swimming – Floating
  51. Soccer
  52. Soccer
  53. Soccer
  54. Soccer
  55. Soccer
  56. Soccer
  57. Soccer
  58. Soccer
  59. Soccer
  60. Soccer
  61. Field Hockey – A Bully
  62. Field Hockey – Stopping a High Fly
  63. Field Hockey – Dribbling
  64. Field Hockey – A Throw In
  65. Field Hockey – Playing with Reversed Stick
  66. Field Hockey – Footwork
  67. Field Hockey – Passing
  68. Field Hockey – A Tussle
  69. Field Hockey – Catch and Drop
  70. Field Hockey – A Corner
  71. Cricket
  72. Cricket
  73. Cricket
  74. Cricket
  75. Cricket
  76. Cricket
  77. Cricket
  78. Cricket
  79. Cricket
  80. Cricket
  81. Cricket – Saunders
  82. Cricket – D.A. Steele
  83. Cricket – G. Leach
  84. Cricket – S. Santall
  85. Cricket – S. Hargreave
  86. Cricket – G. Leach
  87. Cricket – W.J. Fairservice
  88. Cricket – P.W. Sherwell
  89. Cricket – D.M. Carr
  90. Cricket – A.E. Newton
  91. Tennis – A.W. Gore
  92. Tennis
  93. Tennis
  94. Tennis – J.M. Flavelle
  95. Tennis – E.W. Timmis
  96. Tennis
  97. Tennis
  98. Tennis
  99. Tennis
  100. Tennis

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