Doeskin “Wings” (F381)
The Topps “Wings” series of 200 artwork pictures of airplanes is one of the most commonly-encountered of Topps early non-sports issues. First listed in the 1953 edition of the American Card Catalog, and assigned the ACC Number of R707-4, the “Wings” box bears a 1952 copyright date. The color paintings of planes, created from actual photographs provided by the Herald Tribune, are captioned on the front in large white letters. The card number is found on the Back in a red panel, along with a written description of the aircraft and a “Friend or Foe” quiz (answer given on the next card in the sequence).
In 1955 “Topps struck a deal with Doeskin Tissues in as that brand made a major relaunch of their product. The first 80 cards from the Topps R707-4 “Wings” set was used to generate the Doeskin Tissues “Wings” (F381) set of 80 airplane cards. The F381 set was reprinted on the cardboard that served to stiffen small, personal sized tissue packs. These have elongated side borders, as the cards as originally issued were smaller than the stiffeners, so Doeskin cards measure 4⅜ × 2⅝ inches (111.125 × 66.675 mm), although the illustration area is unchanged from the originals.
“The Doeskin (F381) “Wings” card Backs are identical to the Topps (R707-4) issues except the “TCG” indicia has been replaced by Doeskin's. These cards look quite odd when fist encountered and the lack of Topps manufacturing information is curious. Perhaps Topps just realized that the artwork still had value even if there was an abundant overstock of Wings cards still available. As noted above, the cards in the Doeskin “Wings” (F381) set are comprised of the first 80 cards from the Topps “Wings;”. The ACC Number for the set is F381.
Doeskin Tissues “Wings” (F381) Image-Guide
The 1955 Doeskin Tissues “Wings” (F381) Image-Guide contains 600-dpi computer enhanced images the fronts and Backs of all 80 cards in the set. Since we had a limited number of F381 cards, the below computer “enhanced” computer F381 images were derived from the Topps “Wings” (R707-4) images. As with the Topps “Wings” set, blemishes have been removed, border lines reinforced, the outer margins whitened and the images re-centered. Click on the individual thumbnail images to reveal 600-dpi images.
Wrappers and Display Boxes
To the best of our knowledge, there are only two additional collectibles associated with Doeskin Tissues “Wings” (F381) set of 80 Airplane Cards: (1) The Doeskin Tissues retail store display box, and (2) the Doeskin Tissue pack wrapper. Both are shown below.
We have included two versions of the Doeskin Tissues “Wings - Friend or Foe” (F381) checklist: (1) The web version shown below, and (2) an Adobe® Acrobat® PDF 8½ × 11 inch format version. “Click” on the PDF icon below the checklist table.