1935 National Chicle Football Cards
Headlined by a rookie-filled checklist and head coach Knute Rockne, 1935 National Chicle Football remains a top option for vintage football collectors.
National Chicle was the name of a gum company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The same company released the Diamond Stars and Batter Up cards known to baseball collectors. The release is especially noteworthy given that 1935 National Chicle Football was the first nationally-released set to feature only football players.
1935 National Chicle Football Set Details
The 1935 National Chicle Football fronts feature an art deco design with a player in action. Backgrounds have various designs. Some players have field or stadium scenes behind them. Others have simulated game-action backgrounds. Others, still, have line designs or blank backgrounds. The player's name and a white border are all that adorn the classic cards.
Card backs are interesting. Rather than a player biography or a list of statistics, the cards are filled with tips for playing football by a former coach. At the top is a bold card number, with the tip underneath. The signature of Eddie Casey follows. The player's name and personal info run along the bottom of the card, along with a copyright line and the erroneous statement that there would be 240 cards in the set.
Instead of the large set, 1935 National Chicle Football stopped at 36 cards. The first 24 cards are more common than the last 12. Most of the players featured were professional, but exceptions appear. One was former Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne. In addition, Bronko Nagurski was shown in his Minnesota uniform but mentioned as a Chicago Bear on the back. There were eight teams in the NFL and three of them changed by the time another football set would appear: the Pittsburgh Pirates became the Steelers, the Boston Redskins moved to Washington, and the Brooklyn Dodgers ended up as the Indianapolis Colts after trips through a number of cities.
Of course, Rockne and Nagurski are the key cards to the set. All of the subjects in 1935 National Chicle Football—except for Rockne, who appeared in 1933 Sport Kings—are rookies. This includes Hall of Fame players Dutch Clark, Ken Strong, Cliff Battles, Turk Edwards and Clarke Hinkle.
Key 1935 National Chicle Football Cards:
1935 National Chicle Checklist
Base Set Checklist
2 Bo Molenda - New York Giants RC
3 George Kenneally - Philadelphia Eagles RC
4 Ed Matesic - Philadelphia Eagles RC
5 Glenn Presnell - Detroit Lions RC
6 Pug Rentner - Boston Redskins RC
7 Ken Strong - New York Giants RC
8 Jim Zyntell - Philadelphia Eagles RC
9 Knute Rockne - Notre Dame
10 Cliff Battles - Boston Redskins RC
11 Turk Edwards - Boston Redskins RC
12 Tom Hupke - Detroit Lions RC
13 Homer Griffiths - Chicago Cardinals RC
14 Phil Sarboe - Chicago Cardinals RC
15 Ben Ciccone - Pittsburgh Pirates RC
16 Ben Smith - Pittsburgh Pirates RC
17 Tom Jones - New York Giants RC
18 Mike Mikulak - Chicago Cardinals RC
20 Warren Heller - Pittsburgh Pirates RC
21 Cliff Montgomery - Brooklyn Dodgers RC
22 Shipwreck Kelly - Brooklyn Dodgers RC
23 Beattie Feathers - Chicago Bears RC
24 Clarke Hinkle - Green Bay Packers RC
25 Dale Burnett - New York Giants RC
26 John Dell Isola - New York Giants RC
27 Bull Tosi - Boston Redskins RC
28 Stan Kostka - Brooklyn Dodgers RC
29 Jim MacMurdo - Philadelphia Eagles RC
30 Ernie Caddel - Detroit Lions RC
31 Nic Niccola - Pittsburgh Pirates RC
32 Swede Johnston - Green Bay Packers RC
33 Ernie Smith - Green Bay Packers RC
34 Bronko Nagurski - Chicago Bears RC
35 Luke Johnsos - Chicago Bears RC
36 Bernie Masterson - Chicago Bears RC
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