Chad Valley Sporting Snap Game Cards and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Chad Valley Sporting Snap Game Cards
Year Unknown
Size 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
Images Color
Type Game
Number in Set

Chad Valley Sporting Snap Game Cards Overview

Chad Valley Sporting Snap TennisChad Valley Sporting Snap BoxingChad Valley Sporting Snap GolfThese unique cards were part of a game produced sometime around the Turn of the Century (1900). I have seen dates vary on them to include the late 1890s or early 1900s.

A total of 60 cards make up the set with each depicting a particular sport. While there are 60 total cards, only 15 sports are represented with four cards per sport. Some sports included are more popular, such as boxing, tennis, and golf. Others, such as bowls and steeplechasing, are less so. And some, like ping pong, are barely seen on sports cards. Collectors should also be aware that cards for ‘football’ and ‘hockey,’ as is the case in many international pre-war issues, represent the sports of soccer and field hockey.

The cards feature cartoon images with mostly humorous pictures. The boxing card, for example, displays two particularly skinny fighters. The ping pong card shows a game between two contestants with balls all over the floor. Each card displays only the name of the sport on the front.

The box for the game calls this the ‘most popular round card game.’ It also indicates that the drawings on the card were created by Max Pollock. The front of the box shows a slight variation to the shooting card included in the set, depicting a white rabbit instead of a black one and showing the hunter without a bag (while he is shown with one on the shooting cards).

Chad Valley Sporting Snap Game Cards Checklist

Below are the sports represented in the set. As stated, there are four cards for each of these sports.

  1. Bowls
  2. Boxing
  3. Coursing
  4. Cricket
  5. Fishing
  6. Football (Soccer)
  7. Golf
  8. Hockey (Field Hockey)
  9. Hunting
  10. Ping Pong
  11. Polo
  12. Running
  13. Shooting
  14. Steeplechasing
  15. Tennis

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