“Cardmaster - Jet Aircraft of the World”
This series of airplane cards was issued by The Master Vending Co. Ltd., London, England in 1958. The official title for the series is “Jet Aircraft of the World” and is one of their “Cardmaster” series of trading cards. The cards measure 95 mm × 67 mm and feature jet aircraft from the height of the Cold War era. The fronts of the cards feature color artwork of jet aircraft from Great Britain, United States, Israel, Italy, Germany, USSR, the Netherlands, and France. The card fronts do not have any captions. The Backs of the cards contain the set title, the card title and number, a descriptive text about the individual aircraft, and advertising copy at the bottom of the cards. It appears that there were at least two printings of this series, one with tan Backs, and the other with gray Backs. An offer for a 20 page album is contained on the bottom of each card. This set offers a colorful historical snapshot of the aircraft deployed and/or in development in the late 1950s.
Cardmaster "Jet Aircraft of the World" Image-Guide
The following Jet Aircraft of the World Image-Guide shows the fronts and Backs of all 100 cards. Behind each image is a 600-dpi card image that Skytamer Archive subscribers may access.
The Düsenflugzeuge der Welt set of airplane gum cards was issued by WATO Waren-Verkaufs-Automaten G.M.B.H., Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 1958. Printed in England, this 100-card set is the German text version of Cardmaster's Jet Aircraft of the World issued in 1958 by the The Master Vending Co. Ltd. in the UK. The set shares the same color airplane artwork as the British set. The Backs of the are similar to the British issued with German text. The cards measure 95 mm x 67 mm and feature jet aircraft from the height of the Cold War era. The fronts of the cards feature color artwork of jet aircraft from Great Britain, United States, Israel, Italy, Germany, USSR, the Netherlands, and France. The card fronts to not have any captions. The Backs of the cards contain the set title, the card title and number, a descriptive text about the individual aircraft, and advertising copy at the bottom of the cards. The cards do not contain an album offer as with the British set.
As noted earlier, there was a 20 page album issued for the set. This album is physically one of the largest that we have ever seen for airplane trading cards. When opened, the album measures approximately 13-2/3" x 19-1/3". It is so large that it reminds us of a typical British tabloid type newspaper. Scans of the album, with the cards included are shown below.
According to John Mangion (Malta), there was no wrapper associated with the series. John recently sent us the following email ...
"I remember distinctly that these cards were bought through a vending machine in which you inserted a 3d piece and on turning a handle two or three cards would be handed out together with a chewing (spherical) gum, and there was no wrapper. These cards were still available in the mid 60s."Thanks for the update John.
The Cardmaster Jet Aircraft of the World Checklist may be downloaded by clicking the Checklist button below. This document is presented as an Adobe® Acrobat® PDF format document. The Cardmaster checklist presents a Checkbox listing of cards, plus the album. Skytamer Archive subscribers may access, download and print out this document by entering their Username and Password when prompted.
A very special thanks to Albert B. Kramer of Roll-EZ Wheels for helping us with this series. Click on Al's card below to visit his website.
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