C-Cards and V-Cards (Canadian Issues)

Introduction

While most Canadian pre-war cards were understandably hockey issues, there are some baseball cards, as listed here. Issues featuring Canadian baseball players are even more difficult to find. Many Canadian issues shown below featured Major League Baseball players.

C-Cards and V-Cards are Canadian issues. C-Cards represent cards produced by tobacco companies and the sole set in that category is the C46 Imperial issue – an intriguing set consisting of minor league players (some of which made it into the major leagues).

V-Cards are those produced by candy/gum companies and make up the bulk of the Canadian baseball issues. Like the U.S. products, these cards were distributed with all sorts of sweets, including chocolate, candy, and gum.

With demand for these cards not reaching the same popularity as their American counterparts did, these are generally rarer and more difficult to find. That hasn’t always equated to higher values, though. For example, the 1933 Canadian World Wide Gum cards (basically the equivalent of the Goudey issues) are much tougher to find than the U.S. cards. But to collectors, the 1933 Goudey cards are still more valuable.

Note that other, uncatalogued Canadian issues more closely related to food (ice cream, popcorn, etc.) are located in the F-Card section.

Catalogued Issues

1912 C46 Imperial Tobacco
1925 V31 Dominion Chocolate (Multi-Sport)
1930s V49 Lowney’s Chocolates Just Kids (Multi-Sport)
1922 V61 Neilson’s Chocolate
1922 V89 William Paterson
1933/1934 V94 O-Pee-Chee / Canadian Butterfinger
1923 V100 Willard’s Chocolates
1923 V117 Maple Crispette
1924 V122 Willard’s Champions
1937 V300 O-Pee-Chee
1939 V351 Canadian World Wide Gum
1937 V352 Wide Pen Photos
1933 V353 Canadian World Wide Gum
1934 V354 Canadian World Wide Gum
1936 V355 Canadian World Wide Gum

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