Non-Sports Cards Page!
1962 Topps Mars Attacks #21 Prize Captive 1959 Fleer The 3 Stooges #1 Curly
WELCOME to Nowbatting19's Non-Sports Card Page! While baseball cards get most of the attention, non-sports related cards have been around just as long, if not longer. Trading cards
featuring myriads of subjects have been produced since the turn of century. From Actors to Wacky Packages there are literally thousands of non-sports issues. What's great about these
cards is not only that they are highly creative but some also provide a glimpse of our history in America. So sit back, and enjoy some terrific non-sports cards!
1941 Mutoscope All-American Girls "Peek-A-View"
Isn't this just a terrific card? These cards featured various models in pin-up fashion and are quite popular. The artwork is wonderful and features beautiful women with "cheeky"
captions. This is the first one of these type cards I have owned and I hope to collect more of them.
1933 Indian Gum #88 Victory Cry 1933 Indian Gum #76 Pony Express 1933 Indian Gum Daniel Boone Goudey Indian Gum Wrapper
(Click image to enlarge)
One of the classic non-sports sets of all-time are the 1933 Indian Gum cards. Produced by the Goudey Gum, Inc. of Boston, these beautiful cards depict famous Indians (Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Pocahontas, etc.) and
other famous Indian fighters (like Daniel Boone, David Bowie, General George Custer, etc.). The backs have write-ups in green ink and it is not uncommon to see terms like "bloodthirsty indians," "murderous indians,"
etc. While you may not agree with some of the card backs (I don't), the pictures are wonderful. Goudey re-released the set in the late 1940's so these cards are really not that expensive (unless they are in high grade) and
they are fun to collect. The Indian Gum cards of the late 1940's have black ink on the back and do not have the 1933 copyright on the front. These cards can be had for a few bucks each on eBay.
Page currently under construction; I will be adding more cards soon! Questions? Comments? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for visiting!
1956 Gum Products Adventure Audie Murphy
In 1956, Gum Products issued a 100 card "Adventure" set which contained numerous sports and non-sports related themes. This particular card features real life hero Audie
Murphy, who became the most decorated soldier of World War ll and later became a Hollywood movie actor. The above card depicts Murphy in combat action. Murphy wrote a
book called "To Hell And Back," and later starred in the movie of the same name. Sadly, Audie Murphy died at a fairly young age in a plane crash but he is still remembered as
a real life hero.
|1962 Topps Mars Attacks! (card #'s 32-39) 1962 Topps Mars Attacks! wax pack box (very rare)
Topps Chewing Gum, Inc. made it big with baseball cards, but they also did (& still do) make some terrific non-sports cards. Considered a true
"classic" the 55 card 1962 Topps Mars Attacks! set depicts a colorful story of an alien invasion on earth. Of course earth prevails and alien
butt is kicked on their own planet (Mars of course). These cards were quite popular with the kids; however the parents were no too thrilled with
the graphic depictions (see card #36 "Destroying A Dog," above left) and the cards were pulled from production. Hence they are scarce today
and command some hefty prices in high grade. The #1 card "The Invasion Begins" and last card of the set, #55 Checklist (above right) are the
most expensive cards in the set. Note that these cards have a "Bubbles Inc." copyright on the card backs, instead of "T.C.G." (Topps Chewing Gum
Inc.). I am not sure the reason behind this but these are most definitely Topps cards.
1936 Gum Inc. G-Men & Heroes Of The Law #10
1936 Gum Inc. G-Men & Heroes Of The Law #151 "Death
Among The Gravestones"
Among my favorite non-sports cards are these "G-Men & Heroes of the Law" cards issued by Gum, Inc. in 1936. These cards feature some
notorious gangsters like "Machine Gun Kelly," "Pretty Boy Floyd," and Public Enemy #1 John Dillinger (above left). Really cool looking cards
and great write-ups on the backs. Very fun issue to collect.
1957 Topps Hit Stars #71 James Dean
In 1957 Topps Chewing Gum, Inc. not only issued cards of baseball, football, and basketball players, but a series called "Hit Stars." These cards featured big names in both
music and entertainment like Elvis, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean (above), who was tragically killed in a car crash just 2 years earlier. There are actually four
different James Dean cards in the series; here is one of them featuring Dean in his last film "Giant."
1962 Topps Civil War #52 Friendly Enemies
1962 Topps Civil War 5 cent wax pack
Another innovative Topps creation was the 1962 Civil War set. The cards are very
colorful and have brief write-ups on the card backs. They are similar to the classic
"Horrors Of War" cards in that they don't hold back with some graphic artwork. But the
point is well taken; "that to know war is to want peace." The above Civil War card
above (#52 Friendly Enemies) is a favorite of mine.
To the left we have a very scarce unopened wax pack. Note that it has been graded and
slabbed by GAI (Global Authentic, Inc.). How ridiculous. I guess the grading services
are running out of cards to grade if they are grading unopened packs of cards and even
autographs now (PSA). Maybe next they can start grading the stale bubble gum that used
to come with the cards. Jeez give it a rest you GREEDY BASTARDS!
1964 Leaf The Munsters 5 cent Wax Pack
One of the classic TV shows of the 1960's was "The Munsters" starring Fred Gwynn and Yvonne
DeCarlo in a sitcom about the adventures of a silly monster family named "The Munsters." There
was the father, Herman (Gwynn), who worked at a Mortuary, his wife Lilly (Dracula's daughter,
played by DeCarlo), their son Eddie (a Werewolf), "ugly" cousin Marilyn, "Grandpa" (a Count), and
the family pet "Spot" (a fire breathing dragon that lives under the staircase). The show was so
popular that Leaf produced set of black & white cards in 1964 featuring scenes from the shows.
These are very popular among collectors.
1934-35 Sky Birds #36 Charles Lindbergh (Back view) 1935 Sky Birds #72 "The Spirit Of St. Louis" (back view)
This is just a terrific card of a courageous American, Charles Lindbergh. We kind of take air travel for granted nowadays, but someone had to start somewhere, and
Lindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic non-stop from New York to Paris in 1927. At the time, this was a huge aviation feat and Lindbergh became a National Hero.
The National Chicle Company produced a set of aviation cards (Sky Birds) in 1934 or 1935 and they feature famous pilots like Lindbergh and Emelia Earhardt, as well
as famous fighter pilots and planes. Quite scarce today but they provide a glimpse at some of the early pioneers and heroes of aviation.
1953 Mother's Cookies #1 Audie Murphy (back view) Audey Murphy's tombstone at Arlington National Cemetary
Here is another Audie Murphy card, issued in Mother's Cookies packages in 1953. Similar to the 1952-53 Mother's Cookies Pacific Coast League Baseball cards,
Mother's Cookies also issued a 63 card set of movie stars. I have a real fondness for Audie Murphy. The guy served his country during World War II, became the War's
most decorated Veteran (including the Nation's Highest Honor for a Soldier, the Congressional Medal Of Honor), became a movie star and during the whole time he
seemed humble about the whole thing. Unfortunately Audie Murphy died in a plane crash in 1971 but he still lives on in films and as one of the Nation's true heroes.
Audie Murphy is buried in Arlington National Cematary (see above, right) and is the 2nd most visited grave (John F. Kennedy, another Veteran and former President
is first). For more on Audie Murphy please visit The Audie L. Murphy Memorial website at www.audiemurphy.com.
1938 Gum Inc. Horrors Of War
Considered to be one of the top non-sports trading cards of all-time is the 1938 Gum Inc. Horror Of War cards. Gum Inc. was way ahead of it's time; marketing for
kids using violence and mayhem to sell a product. I am sure this did not go over well with mom and pop but they sure make for classic non-sports cards today.
The card feature terrific artwork and some pretty violent scenes. Among the more expensive cards in the set are two cards featuring Adolph Hitler. The backs
feature a write up of the scene along with the caption "To Know The Horrors Of War Is To Want Peace." Considered by many as the best non-sport card set of
all-time. Considering the subject matter, the artwork, and the purpose of the cards, I would have to agree .
Long before the "X Games" and "Jackass" there was a guy who wore an "Elvis" type jumpsuit, was 100% pro America, and oh yeah, did he do some
exciting jumps (and wipe outs) on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Yes, I am talking about Evel Knievel. One of his famous jumps was over the huge
fountain at Cesar's Palace in Las Vegas (above photos). He jumped cars, buses, even canyons (well he did fall short on that one) and along the way he
broke about every bone in his body. A true American Legend, they made a movie about him (starring George Hamilton I believe) and also an action
figure (complete with stunt cycle). The Wide World Of Sports would feature some of his jumps and he made the cover of Sports Illustrated too. Topps
knew a good thing and gave Evel his own trading card set in 1976. This is the first card in the set (left). What looks like a microphone in his hand is
actually his trademark cane (which he would need later in life to get about).
1956 Topps Round-Up #33 Wyatt Earp "Flying Fists"
It seems the 1950's were a great time to be a kid. If you were a baseball fan, you had 3 major teams in New York (Dodgers, Giants, Yankees) and chances were one or two of those
teams was annually in the World Series. Bowman and Topps were competing bubble gum makers, each trying to produce a better baseball card than the other. The Korean War was
going on in the early part of the 1950's so if you aspired to be a Marine or Soldier you had plenty of movies, plus if you collected cards you had several non-sports issues involving that
too. Prize fighting was big in the 1950's so Topps produced a set of boxing cards in 1951. But just as popular was the "Westerns," television shows and movies, usually black & white
and involving lots of shoot outs, riding hard on the horses and Indians & Cowboys whooping it up. Topps produced a cool set of cards with a Western theme called "Round-Up" in 1956.
Check out the above 1956 Topps Round-Up card and tell me this isn't a great card. Terrific art work and bold colors really make this card "pop out" and these cards were (and still)
are extremely popular today.
1964 Fleer Gomer Pyle #24 "That Simple Grin..."
This card brings back memories. When I was in Basic Training at Fort Jackson South Carolina there was this Private, I'll call him "Jokerman" after the character in the Stanley Kubrick film "Full Metal Jacket." His real name
was Russell Owens from California. Anyway Private Owens did not take the military very seriously; in a way he was a cross between "Jokerman" and Bill Murray's character in "Stripes." We would be marching and he
would be doing this little skip jump out of cadence and it would get me busting up. And of course I would be doing push ups or as the Drill Sergeant would say "Drop and give me 20 Private "Lucifer." (My real name was
Pulcifer). Sometimes Private Owens would have this silly grin on his face, very similar to this 1964 Gomer Pyle #24 "That Simple Grin Won't Get You Out of This Goof Up, Pyle." And again I would bust up
and be touching my nose to the pavement. Thanks to Private Owens, I was in the best shape of my life. Eventually the Drill Sergeant called in this comedic "duo" and asked if we wanted out of the Army and we straightened
up a bit. Owens kept doing his "schtick" and I did my best to keep from laughing. It really did get a lot of guys past Basic Training. Owens! Wherever you are I still remember you! God Bless! Tim
| 1940 Gum, Inc. "The Lone Ranger"
|1940 Gum Inc. The Lone Ranger
Gum Incorporated produced some of the best sports and non-sports cards of all time. They produced "G-Men & Heroes of the Law," "Horrors of War," and "Superman" to
name a few. One of the best looking non-sports card sets is the 1940 Gum Inc. Lone Ranger series. The artwork is simply beautiful. The attention to detail, story lines,
everything about this set is classic. Even the reprint sets of these cards do the originals no justice. As with any classic vintage set, high grade cards will fetch significant
premiums. Even low grade examples are about $10 a card. The Lone Ranger says... "Heigh Ho.... Silver! Awaaaaay!!!
1940-45 Mutoscope "I'll Say So" 1945 Mutoscope "Visibility Perfect" 1940-45 Mutoscope "Hit The Deck"
The 1940's had their fair share of pin ups. Maybe it was the war (WW II) and the G.I.'s needing some sort of reminder of what was waiting for them back home. No wonder the U.S.
"won" the War. Regardless these pin up cards are real pieces of art. The artwork, done with real models, was done by artists like Earl Moran, Zoe Mozert, and Vargas.
Topps Wacky Packages
1967 Topps Wacky Packs #4 Camals Cigarettes 1967 Topps Wacky Packs #32 Weakies 1967 Topps Wacky Packages #42 Skimpy
1967 Topps Wacky Packs #31 Jail-O
I am not an expert in non-sports cards, but I do remember collecting these
"Wacky Packages" cards (made by Topps Chewing Gum) as a kid in the early
1970's. They were actually stickers that lampooned brand name products like
Kleenex, Tide, Jell-O, etc. The artwork is fantastic. I don't know what happened
with mine; I probably peeled the stickers and stuck them on something. So
surviving examples, especially of the earlier Wacky Packs can be a challenge.
These pictured examples I "lifted" off eBay; each one has been professionally
graded by PSA as NM 7 and each one had a $125 price tag! Ouch!
1947 Bond Bread Montgomery Clift
One of my favorite actors, Montgomery Clift (above left). Clift set the stage for Marlon Brando and James Dean. Though he died at a young age in 1966, Clift is forever remembered
on screen with classics like "I Confess," "A Place In The Sun," "From Here To Eternity," "Red River," "The Misfits," "Judgement At Nuremberg" and more. I am unsure if this card is a
genuine vintage card or a modern reprint. It is somewhat similar to the 1947 Homogenized Bond Bread cards but most of the authentic cards had cropped corners. This one has square
cut corners. Regardless it is a cool photo of a young Monty Clift. The card on the right is a 1948 Bowman #1 Movie Stars card of actress Diana Lynn. I did not know Bowman Gum
produced a set of movie stars cards and I happened to see this particular card on eBay and I was captured by this woman's beauty. A terrific card!
1948 Bowman Movie Stars #1 Diana Lynn
|1962 Topps #55 Mars Attacks! Checklist (on reverse)
|1935 Mickey Mouse #21 "He's Sure A Handy Man Around The Mouse!" (Walt Disney)
1966 Philadelphia Gum Green Berets Wax Wrapper (For Jimmy R. Chandler CSM US Army (Ret.)
1967 Star Trek #40 Beyond Tomorrow 1967 Star Trek #13 Befuddled Bones
One of the most beloved Science Fiction series ever was the original "Star Trek" created by Gene Rodenbury. While the special effects pail
in comparison to todays computer generated effects, the characters are what really stand out, even more so than the countless "Star Trek"
continuation series that came out years later. You had the Captain "James T. Kirk" (William Shatner) a "man of action" who can cheat death
some way or another. Science Officer "Spock" (Leonard Nimoy) who is half Vulcan, half human and extremely "logical." The Doctor, "Bones,"
(DeForest Kelly) who is sarcastic and his interactions with "Spock" are classic. "Scotty" is the engineer who fixes the "Enterprise" from
many dire calamities. Lt. Uhura (Communications Officer) who happens to be African American and looks great in her red mini dress uniform.
Sulu, the helmsman and Chekov, the weapons man. Those were just the main characters but they are the most beloved of all Star Trek series
since. Like "Star Wars," which came out years later, both started off small and took on a "life of their own." Today, DVDs, Blu-Ray,
merchandise and memorabilia are all extremely popular with "Star Trek" fans. In 1967 Donruss produced a series of "Star Trek" cards which
depicted scenes from the original television series. Like vintage sports cards, these "non-sport" cards can be expensive in high grades and
are extremely popular today.
What's interesting about the show is looking back and seeing some of the props and seeing comparison's to today's technology. For instance,
in Star Trek, the crew used hand held "communicators," which are very similar to today's cell phones. At the time of the show, man was in a
race to get to the moon and even some of the space craft used in the series are very similar to space craft like the Space Shuttle, which
came out decades later. So the creators of Star Trek were in a way, well ahead of the time. Even more important than technology, is the human
factor. During the 1960's racial unrest was at it's peak and we were at war with Vietnam. Star Trek dared to have "equality" with different
cultures on the show. You had a diverse crew made up of African Americans, Asians, Europeans, and even Aliens. Most of the stories themselves
dealt with relations with different cultures and civilizations. So the show was much more than simple "entertainment." Unfortunately today
you have superior technology used for special effects, but the ideas and stories are usually copied or rehashed from some previous story. In
other words, the special effects are great but please, let's get original on the story lines. Why do you think the most popular movies are
copied from previous television shows ("Star Trek," "Dukes of Hazard," "Charlie's Angels," etc.) or cartoon shows even ("The Incredible
Hulk," "Garfield," "Underdog," etc.).
1965 Bubbles Inc. (Topps) King Kong "On The Rampage" Test Issue (Rare)
1960's Dutch trading cards - The Beatles (Ringo Starr, George Harrison with Cassius Clay) The Rolling Stones
1960's Undefined European Issue #9 Roy Orbisson
I have a few of these issues; they are trading cards from Holland or Sweden issued in the 1950's thru the 1960's. Maybe even 1970's. They feature movie stars like James Dean,
Montogomery Clift, Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor and many more. The 1960's Dutch cards also featured popular music bands like The Animals, The Beatles, Elvis,
The Kinks , The WHO, and Rolling Stones to name a few. The gum card (above left) captioned "The Beatles" actually pictures just Ringo Star, and George Harrison, along with boxing
great Cassius Clay (soon to be Muhammad Ali). The above gum card on the right features an early picture of The Rolling Stones. From left to right: Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts
(in background), Mick Jaggar, Brian Jones, and Keith Richards. Cool cards!
1933 Indian Gum #25 Geronimo 1933 Indian Gum Praying To 'Great Spirit'
Geronimo does not look too happy in this picture (above left). The white man probably gave him a rifle with no bullets. I remember I had this look on my face
when I was on Guard Duty at the front gate of a military Air Field in Hanau West Germany in 1987 and they gave me an M-16 with an empty cartridge. They
also gave me a long mirror and told me to look under cars for "bombs." I can relate to Geronimo here...
It's really a shame that the Indians were pretty much wiped out. They had some great ideas. They believed in a higher power (see above, right), they respected
the earth, they respected their elders, and they worked for the benefit of all. We, of the "United" States, don't know shit. We may have the technology, but most of
us can't grow or make anything, let alone work for the benefit of all. Yeah right. We are are about money. Money to buy crap. The Indians did not have to worry
about "material" possesions like we do. I think the Native American Indians had the right idea. It's really a shameful part of our history, which somewhat takes a
backseat to the appalling treatment of African Americans not too long ago... In conclusion:
1973 Coleccion Famoso (Spain) #79 Clint Eastwood
Had to get a Clint card in here. This is a 1973 "Coleccion Famoso" card (issued is Spain) featuring legendary actor Clint Eastwood in a scene from "Play Misty For Me." Clint plays a
disc jockey up in Northern California who makes the mistake of meeting up with the wrong girl. The girl turns out to be psycho crazy. Anyway it's a good thriller and underrated Clint flick
from in-between "Dirty Harry" movies. At the time, Clint was probably the biggest box office draw. His tough, "man of few words" action characters were the beginning of the genre of
"Action Movies" which went from "Dirty Harry" to "Death Wish" (Charles Bronson), "Rambo" (Sylvester Stallone), Schwarzeneggar movies, and beyond. But I'm pretty sure Clint started it
all. Even today Clint's movies continue to draw big, "The Unforgiven" won Clint the Best Director Award and Best Picture Award at the Academy Awards, and his latest film that he
appeared in, "Gran Torino" was a critical and box office hit. "Go ahead...Make My Day..."
1976 Topps #1 Evel Knievel
1976 Topps Star Trek Sicker #11 "Highly Ilogical ("Mr. Spock;" Leonard Nimoy)
"It's all "HIGHLY ILLOGICAL"
| 1950s European Issue #46 Humphrey Bogart
The ultimate tough guy, Humphrey Bogart. Bogart started off his movie career as a Gangster but really made it big playing characters like Private Dick "Sam Spade" in film nor classics
like "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Big Sleep." One of my favorite lines is from "The Maltese Falcon" where Bogart slaps around Peter Lorre while stating "When you're slapped you'll take it
and like it..." Bogart starred with Lauren Bacall (later to become his wife) in instant classics like "To Have Or Have Not," and "Key Largo," fought with Katherine Hepburn and Nazi's in "The
African Queen," loses his mind and fortune in "The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre" and more. Of course if you want the combination of tough guy and romantic hero you have "Casablanca"
with Ingrid Bergman. What can you say, most of Bogart's movies are classics. One of the all-time greats. This 1950's European card (likely Swedish), printed on glossy thin stock, shows
Bogart near the end. He died on January 14, 1957.
Here are some more cards from Holland or Sweden. They are about the size of the old cigarette cards but have glossy surfaces and blank backs. The above cards picture part of the
"British Invasion" of the 1960's; of course everyone knows the Beatles, but these bands influenced myriads of bands afterwards. Pictured from left to right are: Eric Burdon and The
Animals, The Kinks, and The WHO. These are a few of my favorite rock groups of all-time so I picked up these cards for about $6-$10 each. You might be able to get them even
cheaper. To me they are worth the price.
1950s European Issue James Dean (from "Giant")
"He was a low down rebel if there ever was... Even if he had no cause... James Dean.... James Dean... you bought it sight unseen... James Dean.... James Dean... you were too cool for school,
too young to die, bye, bye... " (excerpts from the song "James Dean" by The Eagles).
| 1966 Lord Nielsons Pop Stars (UK) The WHO 1972 Daily Express (UK) The WHO (Townshend, Moon, Entwistle, Daltrey)
The WHO. The Who started off as a "Mod" (Modern) pop band, but became much bigger. Coming over to America as part of the "British Invasion" of the 1960's, the Who were led by chief songwriter and
guitarist Pete Townshend. Roger Daltrey is perhaps the best rock vocalist ever, while John Entwistle played the Bass Guitar like a lead guitar while remaining the "anchor" on stage while the others were
off in orbit. Of course Keith Moon was the premier rock and roll drummer and premier 24/7 lunatic. A WHO concert was rebellious, innovative, reckless, explosive, spiritual, and LOUD. In fact the WHO set a
Guiness Book of World Record for "Loudest Rock Band" in the 1970's. My favorite all-time rock band.
1967 Lord Nielsons Pop Stars (UK) # The Beatles
Probably the most influential rock group of all-time, The Beatles. The Beatles and Beatles memorabilia is as popular as well... Jesus Christ. John Lennon got The Beatles in trouble in the mid-1960's when he
was quoted as saying that The Beatles "were more popular than Jesus." And while he did say his comments were misinterpreted and apologized anyway, what he said was true. He didn't say they were better
than Jesus. But the moral majority went on the rampage, burning Beatles records in several cities. The boycott on the Beatles did not last long however. In 1967 The Beatles began recording "Sgt. Pepper's
Lonely Hearts Club Band" and the rest is history. The album was a major success and considered the most influential rock album ever. Even more so than "Christian Hymns Volumes l or ll (I made that up,
but you know what I mean)." Lord Nielsons produced these Pop Stars cards in the United Kingdom in the late 1960's and this card features Paul, John, George and Ringo holding a new copy of "Sgt. Peppers."
Great band, great card.
1960's Dutch Gum card #895 Elvis Presley 1971 Galeria De Artistas (Spain) #88 Steve McQueen
1959 Fleer The 3 Stooges Wax Pack (Back view)
Frank H. Fleer Corp, or simply "Fleer" produced an entire set of cards dedicated to The Three Stooges. These cards featured colorized photos taken from movie stills of the Stooges short
films and are very popular today. The most popular cards are the first three cards which feature individual cards of Curly Howard (#1), Mo Howard (#2) and Larry Fine (#3). These cards
are not hard to find, but as with most vintage cards are hard to find in high grade. Even rarer are unopened packs or complete wax boxes. It's really cool that unopened material is still out
there but don't expect to get one for 5 cents.
European trading cards are very popular and even better, they are extremely affordable. You can pick up cards from Holland, Spain, Germany, Italy, you name it. I picked up this 1960's
Elvis Presley card (above left) for a few bucks. It is blank-backed, probably issued in Holland. The terrific action photo is obviously from Elvis' famous 1968 "Comeback Special." The
1971 Galeria De Artistas #88 Steve McQueen (above right) was issued in Spain. It shows McQueen on the set, probably from "Pappilon."
"Hey, you dudes is RIGHTEOUS!!!"
1960's Exhibit Card - The Righteous Brothers
Exhibit cards are cards that were made by the Exhibit Supply Company of Chicago from the 1920's through 1960's. They are usually found in black & white or sepia-toned and are
postcard size. The Exhibit cards featured baseball & football players, boxers, actors, musicians, you name it. They were primarily issued in vending machines. I picked up this "Righteous"
card on eBay for a few bucks. Check out those suits and the posed "action" shot. These guys were "groovin!"
1960's M-G-M Italian Elizabeth Taylor
We recently lost one of the great screen legends in Elizabeth Taylor. What a beautiful woman she was. My favorite movies with her are "A Place In the Sun" with Montgomery Clift,
"GIANT" with Rock Hudson and James Dean, "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" with Paul Newman, and "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolfe?" with Richard Burton. This 1960's card was issued
in Italy and features a photo from "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof."
1976 Topps "Happy Days" wax pack
I am not really familiar with this issue, but I saw them on eBay under "1970 Fleer Stick Shift." All three of these Muscle Cars command huge prices at auction. The cards are much cheaper. Topps also
released bubble gum cards of automobiles beginning in 1956 with an entire series called "World On Wheels." Also I rember getting some cards of cars in a Milton Bradley Board Game called "Win-A-Card."
Included with the game were Topps baseball, Football, and car cards. Too bad I don't have 'em anymore!!! For more on the Milton Bradley cards see our "Oddball Page."
1951 Bowman Gum Red Menace #47 Mao Tse-tung (Back view)
Cards have not only been a form of entertainment, but also have provided some historical perspective. Consider these "Fight The Red Menace" cards issued by Bowman Gum in 1951. At the time America was
involved in the Korean War and for the first time there was a real fear of the spread of "Communism." This fear was to help involve American in yet another war a decade later (Vietnam). While America's involvement in
the Korean War did save the Republic of South Korea, it certainly did not help Vietnam in retrospect. Nor did it help us. Look at the loss of life on both sides. While we as American's pride ourselves as being "Free" and
fighting for other's freedoms I think the opposite. Maybe once we did. But do you think we really give a damn about the people of Iraq or Afghanistan? Did we really give a damn about the people of Vietnam? Are we
really there to "free" them or are we there for some ulterior motive? Historically we are a people of "taking what we want." We think God is on our side, wave the flag and think we are God's gift to humankind. While
certainly we have progressed in some respects, we seem to be regressing. We are a greedy people. We took land from the Indians, who were the true "natives" of this land and pretty much wiped their culture out. For
what? Progress. Today we can't even get along with ourselves and we are waging wars in far off lands. For what purpose? Fighting "Terrorism?" As long as we continue to get involved in other cultures and try to
impose our own ideals we are making things worse. The bottom line is we are still FEARFUL and we are GREEDY. We fear "TERRORISM" now. We fear IMMIGRANTS, who at one time were welcomed here by the
Statue of Liberty. We look down on those who are not "Americans." We did the same with the American Indians. And this Nation now is about making a profit. There has to be a profit somewhere and that money has to
keep flowing in. Where it goes, I don't know. We can't even afford decent health care here in America. We can't afford to give our kids a good education. We can't even fill our gas tanks. This is progress??? Sorry
about the rant but that is how I feel. I still respect our troops no matter what because they have the dirtiest job in America. I salute them but our leaders (IE. CORPORATIONS) are not out there fighting. They are doing just
fine with their over-inflated pension plans and growing investment portfolios. The rest of us are just trying to "eek" it out. "God Bless America" my ass...
But never fear, we have "The Fonz!!!" And he says "A-A-A-AY!!" Happy Days are here again!
| 1952 Tip-Top Bread Dick Tracy (Back view)
"I'm on my way..."
A Gallery of Non-Sports Cards
This page is just a small fraction of the myriads of non-sports cards that have been produced for well over 100 years. Hopefully this page will jump start your own collection of non-sport
cards. It is a fun and enjoyable hobby and covers just about any particular subject you may be interested in. We hope you have enjoyed this page. Please send comments or suggestions
to Tim @ email@example.com.
This page is currently under construction; check back soon for more Non-Sports cards!
Unknown European issue #209 Ursula Andrews (photo actually Racquel Welch)
When I was a young lad, I remember the first time I felt excited at the sight of a woman and that sight was Racquel Welch in "One Million Years B.C.." Then my parents turned off the TV
and I was sent to bed, probably at 7:30 pm. What can you do. Anyway this is an interesting card from Europe (1960's or 1970's) aside from the fact that it IS the well-endowed Racquel
Welch; but the card identifies her incorrectly as "Ursula Andrews," and even that may be incorrect. I think they meant "Ursula Andress" who was also a sex symbol of the 1960's (she was the
Bond girl in the very first James Bond film, "Doctor No"). This is definitely Racquel Welch and I would know!
1960's Dutch Chocolate Postcard Ann Margaret