Boxing and Boxers Cigarette Cards Guide (Collectables)

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Boxing Cigarette Cards (Collectables)

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The history of boxing during the first half of the 20th century is vividly brought to life on cigarette cards that were issued during this period. Boxing is still one of the most hotly pursued sports topics amongst cigarette card collectors. The cards that tend to command the highest prices, as with many sports cards, tend to be those depicting the legends. I've compiled a list below of the most sought after names on boxing cigarette cards from the 1900s-1930s below. I've also listed a selection of some of the rare and unusual boxing cigarette card sets that I've come across in my six years of trading on eBay. I've provided scans of a sample card from each set and I've tried to list as many card titles as possible.

Top Boxers To Look For On eBay From The 1900s-1930s

  • Joe Louis
  • Jack Johnson
  • John Lawrence Sullivan
  • Jack Dempsey
  • Gene Tunney
  • Max Schmeling

Boxing Card Sets

  • Name Of Set: Pugilists and Wrestlers
  • Manufacturer: Ogdens
  • Issue Year: 1908
  • Card Number: 50
  • Card Titles: Jabez White, Jem Rochie, Joe Rogers, Tommy Burns, Tom Palmer, Frank Craig, Ali Nourdah Hassan, Gunner James Moir, Zbysco, Charlie Mitchell, Jacobus Koch, Jack Carroll, John Lawrence Sullivan, Tom Connors, Charlie Green, Georges Hackenschmidt, Peter Mangham, Tom Monk, Jimmy Mellor, Paul Pons, Frank P Slavin, Terry McGovern, Harry Tonge, James J Jeffries, Joe Bowker, Matt. Steadman, Jimmy Lane, Tom Sharkey, Joe Carroll, Jack Bain, Madrali, Jimmy Collins, Peter Bannon, Bob Fitzsimmons, Jack Smith, Willie Collins, Fred Welsh, Jim Driscoll, Frank Spike Robson, Peter Gotz, Abe Attell, Charlie Griffin, Frank Erne, Owen Moran, Ivan Padoubny, Jack Goldswain, Jack Palmer, Rudolf Unholz, Jim Esson,and Joe Gains.
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  • Name Of Set: Pugilists and Wrestlers Second Series (51-75)
  • Manufacturer: Ogdens
  • Issue Year: 1909
  • Card Number: 25
  • Card Titles: Sam McVey, GC O'Kelly, Councillor Peter Wright, Tom Thomas, Jack Johnson, Jack Sullivan, Eugene Vallotton, Jack Sullivan, Ernst Siegfried, W Withers Bain, Pat Connolly, John Lemm, Bill Lang, Bart Connolly, Frank Crozier, Jimmy Britt, Jim Kenrick, Ian Hague, Bill Squires, Henry Irslinger, Lauritz Neilsen, Frank P Slavin, Donald Dinnie, Sam Langford, Frank Gotch, and Al Delmont.
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  • Name Of Set: Famous Boxers
  • Manufacturer: Cohen Weenen & Co
  • Issue Year: 1912
  • Card Number: 25
  • Card Titles: Harry Lewis, Fred Storbeck, Georges Carpentier, Jim Driscoll, Jack Johnson, Young Joseph, Cunner James Moir, Tommy Burns, PO Curran, Billy Papke, Pat O'Keefe, Sam Langford, Georges Carpentier, Joe Jeanette, Johnny Summers, Tom  McCormick, Charles Ledoux, Jack Johnson, Packey Mahoney, Hughie Mehegan, Digger Stanley, and Jim Johnson.
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  • Name Of Set: Boxing
  • Manufacturer: Ogdens
  • Issue Year: 1914
  • Card Number: 25
  • Card Titles: Position, Left Hand Lead at head, Inside guard with left, Outside guard with right, Outside guard with left, Inside guard with right, Ducking a left leadand countering at the body with the left, Ducking a left lead and countering with the right at body, The cross -parry, Right hand cross-counter, Avoiding right lead and cross countering with the left, Guarding a left lead and countering with left at body, Parrying a left lead at the body and countering with a left hook at the jaw, Stopping a left lead from out-side and standing ready to cross-counter with the left at the body, Improper left hand lead at the body and stop for the same, Side stepping a left lead and countering with left at the body, Stepping inside a left lead and countering with right at body, Avoiding a right lead and cross-countering with right upper cut, Guarding right lead at head with the left and being ready to counter at head or body with right, Avoiding a left lead at head and cross-countering with right upper-cut, Guarding right lead at head from outside and countering with right at body, Improper position of the feet and the consequences when hitting, Stopping right lead at body and countering with right at jaw, Ducking a right lead at head and countering with right at body, Stopping left hand body lead and being ready to counter with left at head or body.
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  • Name Of Set: Famous Knock-Outs
  • Manufacturer: The Rocket (Periodical)
  • Issue Year: 1923
  • Card Number: 11
  • Card Titles: The Siki - Carpentier Fight, The Bloomfield - Wells Fight, The Carpentier - Lewis Fight, The Goddard - Wells Fight, The Wells - Curphey Fight, The Dempsey - Carpentier Fight, Ted Kid Lewis - Johnny Basham, Jack Johnson - Tommy Burns, Joe Beckett - Frank Goddard , Georges Carpentier v Bombardier Billy Wells, and Jess Willard - Jack Johnson.
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  • Name Of Set: Pugilists in Action
  • Manufacturer: Ogdens
  • Issue Year: 1928
  • Card Number: 50
  • Card Titles: Teddy Baker, Teddy Baldock, Alf Barber, Archie Bell, Kid Berg, Tom Berry, Johnny Brown, Young Johnny Brown, Elky Clark, Harry Corbett, Johnny Curley, Johnny Cuthbert, Gipsy Daniels, Jack Dempsey, Frank Fowler, Kid Froggy, Johnny Hill, Jack Hood, Alex Ireland, Ernie Jarvis, Len Johnson, Phil Lolosky, Tommy McInnes, Alf Mancini, Harry Mason, Frank Moody, Ted Moore, Teddy Murton, Con O'Kelly, Paolino, Ernie Rice, Bob Rimmer, Joe Rolfe, Ted Sandwina, Phil Scott, Don Shortland, Charlie Smith, Kid Socks, Bob Spiller, Jack Stanley, Young Stanley, Johnny Sullivan, Roland Todd, Gene Tunney, Mickey Walker, George West, and Fred Young .
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  • Name Of Set: Boxing
  • Manufacturer: W.T. Davies & Sons
  • Issue Year: 1924
  • Card Number: 25
  • Card Titles: Position, Left Hand Lead at head, Inside guard with left, Outside guard with right, Outside guard with left, Inside guard with right, Ducking a left lead and countering at the body with the left, Ducking a left lead and countering with the right at body, The cross-parry, Right hand cross-counter, Avoiding right lead and cross countering with the left, Guarding a left lead and countering with left at body, Parrying a left lead at the body and countering with a left hook at the jaw, Stopping a left lead from out-side and standing ready to cross-counter with the left at the body, Improper left hand lead at the body and stop for the same, Side stepping a left lead and countering with left at the body, Stepping inside a left lead and countering with right at body, Avoiding a right lead and cross-countering with right upper cut, Guarding right lead at head with the left and being ready to counter at head or body with right, Avoiding a left lead at head and cross-countering with right upper-cut, Guarding right lead at head from outside and countering with right at body, Improper position of the feet and the consequences when hitting, Stopping right lead at body and countering with right at jaw, Ducking a right lead at head and countering with right at body, Stopping left hand body lead and being ready to counter with left at head or body.
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  • Name Of Set: Boxing Personalities
  • Manufacturer: WA & AC Churchman
  • Issue Year: 1938
  • Card Number: 50
  • Card Titles: Lou Ambers, Henry Armstrong, Max Baer, Jack Berg, Kid, Eric Boon, James J Braddock, Primo Carnera, Georges Carpentier, Dave Crowley, Arthur Danahar, Al Delaney, Jack Dempsey, Jack Doyle, Jim Driscoll, Tommy Farr, Ben Foord, Lary Gains, Len Harvey, Frank Hough, Jack Johnson, Peter Kane, Jake Kilrain, Johny King, John Henry Lewis, Ted Lewis, Joe Louis, Benny Lynch, Jock McAvoy, Tommy Milligan, Harry Mizler, Walter Neusel, Jack Petersen, Eddie Phillips, Max Schmeling, Gene Tunney, Paolino Uzcudun, Jimmy Walsh, Billy Wells, Jimmy Wilde, Moss Deyong, CH Douglas, Jack Hart, Jack Smith, Victor Berliner, Ted Broadribb, Sam Russell, Johnny Sharpe, Arthur J Elvin, Sydney Hulls, and John E Harding.
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  • Name Of Set: Famous Fighters
  • Manufacturer: D. Cummings and Son (Commercial)
  • Issue Year: 1949
  • Card Number: 64
  • Card Titles: Joe Louis, Freddie Mills, Bruce Woodcock, Gene Tunney, Tommy Far, Jersey Joe Walcott, Max Baer, Ken Shaw, Georges Carpentier, Joe Baksi, Tami Mauriello, Rocky Graziano, Dado Marino, Al Phillips, Henry Hall, Ronnie Clayton, Rinty Monaghan, Jackie Paterson, Benny Lynch, Small Montana, Peter Kane, K.O. Morgan, Harry Hughes, Billy Thompson, Vince Hawkins, Jacky Marshall, Jake Kilrain, Willie Pep, Tommy Barnham, Ray Sugar Robinson, Ray Robinson, Ike Williams, Tony Zale, Nel Tarleton, Jim Kenny, Henry Armstrong, Len Harvey, Barney Ross, Lou Ambers, Benny Caplan, Jim Cameron, Al Chavez, Cliff Anderson, Dick Turpin, Manuel Abrew, Randolph Turpin, Johnny Smith, Don Cameron, John Henry Lewis, Gus Lesnevitch, Jack Dempsey, Ernie Roderick, Jackie Bryce, Willie Whyte, Johnny McManus, Jock McAvoy, Skeets Gallacher, Dave Crowley, Don McCorkindale, Johnny McGrory, Jock McCusker, Tommy McGovern, Bob McLuckie, Manuel Ortiz, and Bert Gilroy.
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