1941 “ZOOM” — The Airplane Card Game (Set 2)
Whitman Publishing Company, United States

  • Series Title: ZOOM Airplane Card Game (Set 2)
  • ACC No.: R112 “Card-O” Category
  • Manufactured by: Whitman Publishing Company, Racine, Wisconsin
  • Packaged: Stand-alone OTC
  • Number of Cards: 37 total (36 “simple” Back cards + one error card)
  • Numbering: 4 suits numbered 1 to 9 (Black, Blue, Red, Yellow)
  • Card Dimensions: 2¼ × 3½ inches with rounded corners (PLC, Playing Card Format)
  • Circa: 1941
  • Checklist: Download

“ZOOM” — The Airplane Card Game (Set 2)

“ZOOM” — The Airplane Card Game sets were very popular card games during World War II. Two similar sets were issued in 1941 by the Whitman Publishing Company, Racaine, Wisconsin. Both sets consisted of 36 numbered cards, comprised of 4 suits of 9 cards each. The card suits were Black, Blue, Red, and Yellow.

The first set (Set 1) was issued with two subsets with different red card Backs: (1) “simple” Backs, and (2) “fancy” Backs. The fronts of the two subsets were identical. Set 1 featured both Allied and Axis World War II aircraft from the following 14 countries: Belgium, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States. Most of the artwork featured “in-flight” aircraft images. The Set 1 cards are coated and have a semi-gloss finish.

The second set (Set 2), features 36 cards plus 1 error card of World War II Allied combat aircraft. Aircraft from the Britain, England, Russia and the United States are included. The card dimensions for both sets are 2¼ × 3½ inches. The Set 2 cards are uncoated and have a dull matte finish. The second set was only available with the “simple” Backs. There is no specific American Card Catalog reference number for these sets. The two sets are normally grouped within the ACC R112 “Card-O” reference category of PLC format cards. Typical card fronts and Backs for Set 2 are shown below. The correct and the error card (Yellow 6) are also shown.

Since the ZOOM card sets were not “Gum” issues, they were sold in stores and shops as stand-alone items. The ZOOM (Set 2) game was packaged in two different box sizes … medium and a standard card size packet. Both the box and the card packet are yellow. The portrait image featured on the box front appears to be a cropped image of a Seversky P-35 zooming down and diving to the right. The left wing is nearly cropped out of the image. The sides of the box are dark red with the bottom of the box being blank. The box measures 3¾ × 4¾ × 0¾ inches.

The ZOOM (Set 2) yellow card packet features the same artwork used on the box on both the front and the Back of the packet. The aircraft image is only slightly cropped with the left wing tip removed. All four of the side have the caption “ZOOM CARD GAME”. The front of the card packet includes the following tag line: “No. 3056 ★ MADE IN U.S.A. WHITMAN PUBLISHING CO.”. The ZOOM (Set 2) card packet measures 2½ × 3⅝ × 0⅝ inches. The same game instruction sheet was packaged in both boxes.

Image Guide

The following Image Guide for the 1941 “ZOOM - The Airplane Card Game, Set 2” by the Whitman Publishing Company shows the fronts and Backs of the 36 + 1 error cards in this set. All of the images have been computer enhanced for presentation purposes. Behind each thumbnail images is a 600-dpi image you may access. We have also included in tabular form the original images used for this set.

“Zoom” The Airplane Card Game, Set 2 — Red “Simple” Back Cards


We have included two versions of checklist: (1) the web version shown below, and (2) an Adobe® Acrobat® PDF 8½ × 11 inches. Click on the PDF icon to download.

ZOOM - The Airplane Card Game (Set 2)
Copyright 1941 Whitman Publishing Company
CardxAircraft Country
Black 1CURTISS P-40 United States
Black 2BREWSTER F2A-3 ”BUFFALO” United States
Black 4MARTIN PBM-1 ”MARINER” (56P6) United States
Black 5LLIUSHIN DB-3F Russia
Black 6SHORT STIRLING (R EP) Britain
Black 9CONSOLIDATED B-24 United States
Blue 1NORTH AMERICAN B-25 United States
Blue 3CURTISS P-40E “KITTYHAWK“ United States
Blue 5PE-2 Russia
Blue 6NORTH AMERICAN O-47A United States
Blue 7BELL P-39 AIRACOBRA United States
Blue 8DOUGLAS A20-A United States
Blue 9LOCKHEED 144 ”CONSTELLATION” United States
Red 2DOUGLAS TBD-1 ”DEVASTATOR” (6-T-5) United States
Red 4CONSOLIDATED PB2Y2 ”CORONADO” (13-P-1) United States
Red 5GRUMMAN TBF-1 ”AVENGER” United States
Red 7IL-2 ”STORMOVIK” Russia
Yellow 1MARTIN B-26 United States
Yellow 2GRUMMAN F4F-3 (8-F-1) United States
Yellow 4RYAN PT-21 United States
Yellow 6 (error)BOULTON PAUL DEFIANT England (error card)
Yellow 7I-18 (10) Russia
Yellow 8AVRO LANCASTER (EM F) Britain
Yellow 9CURTISS-WRIGHT C-46 ”COMMANDO” United States
InstructionsNo. 3056 “ZOOM - The Airplane Card Game” Instructions, Copyright 1941
Medium BoxNo. 3056 “ZOOM - The Airplane Card Game” medium size box
Card PacketNo. 3056 “ZOOM - The Airplane Card Game” card packet


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 website in 1998. The 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 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 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 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.

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 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.


  1. Shupek, John A., Card images from the Skytamer Archive
  2. Kramer, Albert, Card images from the Kramer Collection

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