Düsenflugzeuge der Welt
By: John A. Shupek (Skytamer.com)
Series Title: Düsenflugzeuge der Welt
Series Title (English): Jet Aircraft of the World)
Manufactured by: WATO Waren-Verkaufs-Automaten G.M.B.H.
Printed in: England
Number of Cards: 100 (numbered 1-100)
Card Dimensions: 67 × 95 mm
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.
The following Düsenflugzeuge der Welt Image-Guide shows the fronts of all 100 cards plus three of the German text Back cards. Behind each image is a 600-dpi card image that Skytamer Archive subscribers may access.
Düsenflugzeuge der Welt Album?
As noted earlier, the was no reference to an album offer on the reverse of the Düsenflugzeuge der Welt cards. We are therefore assuming that there was no album associated with the German set. However, we could easily be wrong! If you know of a German album, please let us know.
The British Cardmaster Jet Aircraft of the World set did however have a 20 page album 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 British album, with the cards included, are shown below.
As with the British issue, we are assuming that the Düsenflugzeuge der Welt cards were delivered via “Gum-Ball” vending machines without a card wrapper. If you have any contrary information, please let us know via email.
The Düsenflugzeuge der Welt 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.
Non-Sports Cards for Sale
If you by chance need any Aviation or Military related Non-Sports cards and/or card sets, be sure to visit our online eBay store, the SkyCardShop, to see what we currently have listed for sale. If the cards you need are not there, please drop us a note at email@example.com and tell us what cards you need. If we have your cards, we'll post them on the SkyCardShop. However, as we post them, we'll also send you a “heads-up” email so you can get them before someone else does. We can also set up “Private Sales” via PayPal and skip posting the cards/sets on the eBay SkyCardShop. We're looking forward to helping you fulfill your non-sports cards needs.
Since 2002, we've been buying vintage aviation and military related non-sports cards to feature on our Skytamer.com website. We are currently in the process of populating our website with approximately 400+ non-sports card sets, mostly aviation related. Nearly all of the sets that we feature include both “original” and “computer enhanced” 600-dpi scans of the fronts and backs of all the cards in the individual sets. We also include printable PDF checklists for each of the card featured on the website. By the way, if you print out these 600-dpi card images on any high-quality computer (including photo paper) and trim them, they make great full-size “Filler Card Images” to use before you acquire the real card. We should note that we are actually “Image Collectors” rather than “Card Collectors” per se. Once we've scanned a card for he Skytamer.com website, we're therefore have no use for it, and eventually post it on the SkyCardShop.
Albert “Al” B. Kramer — A very special thanks to Albert B. Kramer, President of Roll-EZ Wheels, for loaning
us his entire collection of over 200 Non-Sports aviation trading card sets to scan for our Skytamer.com website. Without Al's generous help, the scope of the airplane trading cards on this website would be significantly less. Al is a retired Air Racing pilot who raced during the 1980's in his famous “Cobra #22” Biplane Air Racer (N12FE). After his Air Racing career, Al went on to become Owner and President of San-Val Aviation located at the Van Nuys Airport. Al recently “retired” and turned his hobby of large scale model trains into “Roll-EZ Wheels”. Roll-EZ Wheels specializes in the finest large scale model train wheels, and other exclusive products strictly for large scale model trains! Be sure to visit Al's Roll-EZ Wheels website.
Al's Non-Sports card collection consists of War Cards, Presidents, Indians, Cars, Boats, Ships, Planes, Rockets, Movie Stars, Dogs, Licence Plates, Flags of the World, Headlines, Cigarette, and Cereal cards. Al's collection includes the only-known example of the Carnation “Aircraft Recognition Cards” (F270-1a) Douglas D558-2 “Red Skyrocket”. Al obtained the Carnation “Red Skyrocket” card in a group of 12 different cards that he bought on eBay. He originally thought that the cards were a batch of Nabisco cards until he turned over the “Red Skyrocket” card and it instantly became Al's most prized Non-Sports card. Al believes that the “Red Skyrocket” was made as a sample for Carnation and somehow got into circulation. The Carnation “Red Skyrocket“ (Douglas D-558-2) was an artist drawing, while the Douglas D-558-2 “Skyrocket” included in both the Carnation F270-1a (single line) and the F270-1b (two-line) normal circulation sets were color photos, rather than drawings. As a sidenote, the Douglas D-558-1 “Red Skystreak” was also an artist drawing, but went into general circulation and was included in both the F270-1a and F270-1b Carnation sets. All of the other cards in both of the Carnation sets appear to be photographs.
John Shupek — John is retired Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineer that lives in Southern California. John's 36 year aerospace career/adventure started in the mid-1960s when he worked for Pratt & Whitney at their “FRDC” … Florida Research and Development Center, West Palm Beach, Florida. John was part of the P&W jet engine design team for the CIA/USAF's Lockheed A-12/SR-71A “Oxcart/Blackbird” engines (J58/JT11D-20). He also worked on the RL-10 rocket engine and the JTF-17A which was P&W's entry into the United States' SST competition between Boeing and Lockheed. Several years later, John moved Back to California and worked at the AiResearch Mfg. Company at LAX and Torrance. He originally worked on the thermal design of the HRE (Hypersonic Ramjet Engine) which was a supersonic combustion Mach 7 ramjet engine that was to be tested on the North American X-15. John did about three more years of jet engine design work before he disappeared for 13 years into the classified DOE “GCEP” (Gas Centrifuge Enrichment Plant) Atomic Energy program for the enrichment of U235. After the GCEP program was cancelled by the DOE in 1985, John was hired by Northrop Aircraft to do the thermal design for Northrop's entry into the ATF (Advanced Tactical Fighter) competition, the Northrop YF-23A “Black Widow II” stealth supercruise fighter. He also worked on the Northrop Grumman B-2A “Spirit” stealth bomber. After several years on a classified stealth missile program, John worked the remainder of his Aerospace career as one of Northrop Grumman's Program Directors on the United States Navy's F/A-18E/F “Super Hornet” jet fighter program.
During John's career at Northrop Grumman he served for five years as Northrop's “Vintage Aircraft Club” Commissioner and the Curator and Webmaster for the Western Museum of Flight in Hawthorne, California. Several years later, John was the volunteer webmaster (for about 3 years) for the Yanks Air Museum, Chino, California. He also served as President and webmaster for two different NPO's after his retirement. The Whittier Historical Society & Museum and Whittier Meals on Wheels.
John's love of aviation history and aviation photography lead to the establishment of this Skytamer.com website in 1998. The Skytamer.com site has continued to expand and will always grow and will never be completed. It's sort of analogous to a snowball rolling down a hill without any trees to stop it. In approximately 2002, John remembered that he had collected Topps “Wings” (ACC# R707-4) airplane trading cards while in High School. Somehow the cards had disappeared over the years. So at this point, he started to re-collect airplane trading cards via eBay and become an airplane card “Image Collector” rather than a “Card Collector” per se. After John scans an airplane card for the website, he has no further use for it and he puts it Back into circulation via eBay. John's mission statement for the Skytamer.com is basically to restore and preserve high-quality card images/artwork associated with the various airplane card sets from the early 1900s to the present. These cards are wonderful historical “snapshots” into aviation history showing which aviation events and aircraft were important at that point in time. For the Skytamer.com website, basically if it is a trading card collection that features things that fly, but doesn't have feathers, it eligible for the consideration on the Skytamer.com website. John always welcome inputs and high resolution scans (600-dpi) that can be used on this website. John can be reached via the “Contact Us” navigation button on the left.
- Kramer, Albert. Loan of Cardmaster jet Aircraft of the World Card Collection
- Skytamer Images, Card scans from the Skytamer Images Collection
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