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1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball Cards

1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball Cards

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More under the radar than other card releases that year, 1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball is another early entry in the gum card market. Although it does not include Babe Ruth, several top Hall of Fame names, like Rogers Hornsby, Jimmie Foxx and Dizzy Dean, combine within a 60-card set to offer an appealing, but more obscure, set chase.

1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball cards were originally issued in packages of one-cent Tattoo Chewing Gum, a product from Orbit Gum Co. The Chicago-based gum company elected not to include any advertising or branding on the actual cards, leading to some confusion over the years from less-knowledgeable collectors. The cards are officially designated R305.

1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball advertising

Nearly forming a square, the 2" by 2-1/4" cards are noticeably smaller than other gum cards from that era. Similar to other designs, the 1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball cards feature a black-and-white player photo along with a colorful background. However, the largely red, yellow and green color scheme makes the card fairly easy to distinguish and the players stand out a little more due to the added flesh tones applied to the face and hands. Lastly, the player's name is noted at the top and a thick, white border encloses the design.

The card backs are quite simple, with nothing more than a plain design that bookends the player's name, position, team, birthday, height and weight. As noted above, there is nothing printed on the cards to directly tie 1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball to any specific brand or year. As seen below with the card back image where you can clearly see the front design, the stock is very thin, making the cards particularly vulnerable to wear or damage.

1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball Roger Hornsby 1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball Roger Hornsby back

Given that Orbit Gum Company was based in Chicago, it is not too surprising that the Chicago Cubs fill a large percentage of the 1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball checklist. 15 of the 60 cards cover the Cubs, while no other team has more than six subjects. Although several teams only have one or two representatives, it is more surprising that four teams were left completely off the checklist, including the New York Yankees, Washington Senators, New York Giants and Detroit Tigers.

While it does suffer slightly from the bigger omissions in the checklist, 1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball is buoyed by 17 Hall of Fame options, including Rogers Hornsby, Jimmie Foxx, Dizzy Dean, Mickey Cochrane and Lefty Grove. Hornsby is particularly notable because the card is one of several reported short prints, but the only Hall of Fame inductee. However, not all collectors feel the short prints are any more difficult to find.

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1933 Tattoo Orbit ROBERT SEEDS Vintage Baseball Card R305

1933 Tattoo Orbit R305 GEORGE HAAS White Sox VG



Key Cards

Key 1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball Cards

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Rogers Hornsby

1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball Roger Hornsby

Dizzy Dean

1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball Dizzy Dean

Jimmie Foxx

1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball Jimmy Jimmie Foxx

Mickey Cochrane

1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball Mickey Cochrane

Robert "Lefty" Grove

1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball Robert Lefty Grove

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1933 Tattoo Orbit R305 Phil Collins SGC 60 5

1933 Tattoo Orbit R305 Lonnie Warneke SGC 70 5.5


1933 Tattoo Orbit R305 Jesse Haines HOF SGC 10 1

1933 Tattoo Orbit R305 Guy Bush Cubs SGC 30 2

1933 Tattoo Orbit Set Irving J. Burns SGC 84 NM 7

1933 Tattoo Orbit Roy C. Johnson SGC 92 NM MT+ 8.5

1933 Tattoo Orbit R305 Lonnie Warneke SGC 40 3

1933 Tattoo Orbit R305 Bill Hallahan SGC 30 2

1933 Tattoo Orbit R305 Bud Tinning SGC 20 1.5

1933 Tattoo Orbit - George Blaeholder SP Browns SGC 6

1933 Tattoo Orbit - Chick Hafey - Reds HOF SGC 5.5

1933 Tattoo Orbit Gum R305 James Levey SGC 70 EX+ 5.5 JEWISH

1933 R308 Tattoo Orbit #169 George Earnshaw (RARE !!) SGC 30 (2)

1933 Tattoo Orbit R305 #NNO Joe Vosmik Cleveland Indians SGC 50 VGEX 4 41228

1933 Tattoo Orbit R305 Rogers Hornsby HOF St Louis Cardinals SGC 60 EX 5
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Set Checklist

1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball Set Checklist

Cards are listed in alphabetical order by last name. Short prints (SP) are noted below.
1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball Roger Hornsby

Dale Alexander
Paul Ivy Andrews SP
Earl Averill
Richard Bartell
Walter Berger
George F. Blaeholder SP
Irving J. Burns
Guy T. Bush
Bruce D. Campbell
William Cissell
Lefty Clark
Mickey Cochrane
Phil Collins
Hazen Kiki Cuyler
Dizzy Dean
Jimmy Dykes
George L. Earnshaw
Woody English
Lewis A. Fonseca
Jimmy Foxx
Burleigh A. Grimes
Charles John Grimm
Robert M. Grove
Frank Grube
George W. Haas
Irving D. Hadley SP
Chick Hafey
Jesse Joseph Haines
William Hallahan
Melvin Harder
Gabby Hartnett
Babe Herman
William Herman
Rogers Hornsby SP
Roy C. Johnson
J. Smead Jolley
William Jurges
William Kamm
Mark Koenig
James J. Levey
Ernie Lombardi
Red Lucas
Ted Lyons
Connie Mack
Pat Malone
Pepper Martin
Marty McManus
Frank J. O'Doul
Richard Porter
Carl N. Reynolds
Charles Henry Root
Robert Seeds
Al H. Simmons
Jackson Riggs Stephenson
Bud Tinning
Joe Vosmik
Rube Walberg
Paul Waner
Lonnie Warneke
Arthur C. Whitney

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1933 Tattoo Orbit Arthur Whitney – PSA 6! Phillies!

1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball Card Dale Alexander Boston Red Sox PSA 4 VG EX

1933 Tattoo Orbit Set Bud Tinning PSA 6

1933 Tattoo Orbit George W. Haas PSA 7

1933 Tattoo Orbit Frank Grube PSA 6

1933 Tattoo Orbit Hazen Kiki Cuyler PSA 6

1933 Tattoo Orbit Set Arthur C. (Pinky) Whitney PSA 6

1933 Tattoo Orbit Set George L. Earnshaw EX MT + PSA 6.5

1933 Tattoo Orbit Dale Alexander PSA 6

1933 Tattoo Orbit Bruce D. Campbell NM PSA 7

1933 Tattoo Orbit Set Irving J. Burns PSA 6

1933 Tattoo Orbit Set Woody English PSA 6

1933 Tattoo Orbit Set Lonnie Warneke PSA 6

1933 Tattoo Orbit Set Riggs Stephenson PSA 6

1933 Tattoo Orbit Set Babe Herman PSA 7

1933 Tattoo Orbit Set George L. Earnshaw Very Tough PSA 7
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

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