‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Haus Bergmann Sport-Karikaturen|
|Size||1 3/4″ x 2 3/8″
|Number in Set
||40 (30 in Book 1 and 10 in Book 2)|
1932 Haus Bergmann Sport-Karikaturen Set Overview
This issue was distributed by German tobacco company Haus Bergmann for inclusion in its cigarette products. The company created other sets as well, including sets for movie stars and one for the Olympic games.
Called ‘Sport-Karikaturen,’ this issue features caricatures of famous athletes. They were the work of artist Walter Trier, a German who was known in part for his cartoons that were anti-Nazi. Most notably, sports include hockey, boxing, soccer, and tennis, among others. Two different sets make up this issue. One is referred to the Book 1 set and has a total of 30 cards. A Book 2 set was also created and that one has only ten.
Fronts of the cards feature color images of athletes as well as their name, the Sport-Karikaturen name, and a card number. As they are caricatures, the pictures are only loose representations of the athletes. They are certainly more defined than some issues, such as the 1932 Godfrey Phillips Personalities of Today set, which was distributed in the same year. But the caricatures are just that – caricatures.
Backs of the cards provide a brief biography as well as a mention that albums for these cards were also available.
The more notable cards for American collectors are those of German hockey player Gustav Jaenecke, boxer Max Schmeling, and tennis greats Bill Tilden and Helen Wills. Other cards featuring boxers are also quite desirable.