E-Cards and R-Cards (Candy/Gum)

Introduction

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E-Cards and R-Cards are candy and gum issues. In general, E-Cards are earlier issues dating until around 1930 while R-Cards are after that time.

These issues were typically packaged with children’s products, such as candy, gum, or caramel. While tobacco cards were the primary issues of the early 1900s by the 1910s and 1920s, more candy companies were catching on to the popularity of sports cards among children.

Those issues, of course, paved the way for later sets, such as the Goudey and Topps issues, which became popular in the 1930s and 1950s.

The most notable pre-war basketball gum cards are those found in the 1933 Goudey Sport Kings set. They are the only ones that feature actual professional players and are believed to be the first mainstream professional basketball cards produced.

Sets

Amatller Chocolate Los Deportes
1930s Amatller Chocolates
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1933 C.A. Briggs
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1933 Goudey Sport Kings
(R338)
r79-nyu
1930s Leader Discs (R79)
R161 Walt Disney Comics - Panchito Basketball (1930s).jpg1930s Walt Disney Comics
(R161)

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