1928/1929 Stevens-Davis Men of America (H572) Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Stevens-Davis Men of America Booklets (H572)
Year 1928 and/or 1929
Size 2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
Images Black and White
Type Trade
Number in Set

1928/1929 Stevens-Davis Men of America Overview

bobby jones h572 men of america golfh572 men of america walter camp footballThese interesting items were listed in the American Card Catalog as H572. As is the case with numerous listings in that book, these actually not trading cards, though. Instead, they are miniature booklets.

Produced by the Stevens-Davis Company in Chicago, the title explains a little about what they are. These are a booklets featuring some of the greatest men in the country up to the 1920s. Dating on these booklets vary with some sources citing them as a 1928 set while others claiming they are from 1929. These were created as a motivational tool for various companies to use with their employees. An employee gift box is known for them as well.

The booklets all have the same general design – a larger black and white image of the subject against a series of colorful backgrounds. There are some color variations known as well, which can make a master set tricky.

The booklets mostly comprise non-sports personalities, such as presidents, inventors, and businessmen. However, they are of interest here as a few depict those from the world of sports. One of the most popular booklets in the series is that of Walter Camp, the father of modern football.

Arguably the most sought after, booklet No. 35 is also very important as it depicts American athletes. Hall of Fame golfer Bobby Jones is found on one cover side and baseball Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby is on the other. The inside of the booklet also pictures tennis Hall of Famer Bill Tilden, Penn/Navy college football, and swimmer Johnny Weismuller.

Kenesaw Mountain Landis ‘Rookie’ Card

Another popular booklet is one featuring Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis. Landis was a federal judge that became baseball’s first commissioner in the wake of the 1919 Black Sox scandal.

Depicting a cartoon scene of baseball players on the front, it is one of his few baseball issues.

Landis’ booklet is an important one because the legendary figure appears on a surprisingly small amount of pre-war baseball items aside from photographs. In fact, this is his only known cataloged issue and is recognized by many collectors as a rookie card of sorts.

However, Landis does appear on at least one very rare postcard that might predate this issue. Additionally, he appeared on a team photo with the Hartford Senators in 1916, though he was not yet commissioner at that time.

Here’s a bit more on the Landis booklet as well as a few of his other collectibles from the pre-war era.


While 52 booklets is often the cited amount there are actually a total of 55 as three checklisted numbers have more than one variation.

There are No. 11 booklets for both Independence Day and Thomas Jefferson. Myles Standish and William Bradford are both No. 19. And Haley Fiske has two different variations – a portrait and a full body picture on booklet No. 42.

Additionally, color variations in the set exist. Those could be the product of different booklets being printed in different years but that is not clear. No real price premium exists or the color variations.

1928/1929 Stevens-Davis Men of America Checklist

  1. Teddy Roosevelt
  2. Thomas Edison
  3. John Pershing
  4. George Washington
  5. Charles Lindbergh
  6. Charles Schwab
  7. Ben Franklin
  8. Will Rogers
  9. Robert Dollar
  10. D.W. Brosman
  11. Independence Day and Thomas Jefferson
  12. Richard Byrd
  13. Alvin York
  14. Abraham Lincoln
  15. Luther Burbank
  16. Charles Steinmetz
  17. Walter Camp
  18. John Wanamaker
  19. Myles Standish and William Bradford
  20. Walter Gifford
  21. George Goethals
  22. George Dewey
  23. Gustavus Swift
  24. William Hoskins
  25. A.P. Giannini
  26. Owen Young
  27. George Westinghouse
  28. Orville Wright
  29. James Davis
  30. Russell Conwell
  31. Cyrus Curtis
  32. Douglas Fairbanks
  33. W.W. Atterbury
  34. Elbert Gary
  35. American Athletes
  36. Donald MacMillan
  37. Frank Woolworth
  38. Elbert Hubbard
  39. E.M. Statler
  40. John Patterson
  41. George Eastman
  42. Haley Fiske (two variations – full body pose and portrait)
  43. John McCutcheon
  44. W.M. Burton
  45. Calvin Coolidge
  46. Julius Rosenwald
  47. Harvey Firestone
  48. Alfred Sloan
  49. Kennesaw Mountain Landis
  50. Cecil De Mille
  51. Walter Head
  52. Henry Ford

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