Premiere Trading Cards, Airplanes (R724-1)
During the 1950s, a series of “Aircraft Recognition Cards” sets were issued by Carnation Corn Flakes, Hood Country Peach Ice Cream, 3-Minute Oats, Whitman Publishing and the Oak Manufacturing Company with their “Premiere Trading Cards, Airplanes ” 42 card set. All of the card sets shared the same color photo/artwork. The Carnation Corn Flakes, Hood Country Peach Ice Cream and the 3-Minute Oats sets were borderless PLC designs with rounded corners. The Whitman sets were also borderless, but had square corners. However, the “Premiere Trading Cards, Airplanes” set was of a conventional trading card design with square corners and substantial borders around the airplane photo image. The Backs of the cards all had simplistic three-view drawings of the subject aircraft, along with a brief narrative about the aircraft.
The major drawBack of the “Premiere Trading Cards, Airplanes” set was that the quality of the photos was very poor when compared with the more colorful and interesting gum cards of the period. The reverse side of the cards also carried the following statement: “Premiere trading cards are made for use in vending machines manufactured exclusively by the Oak Manufacturing Co., Inc., Culver City, California.” This statement led to the speculation that the cards were strictly a regional issue. However, it is more likely that they were sold wherever Oak Vending Machines were in use … which was all across the country. The cards measure 2⅝ × 3¾ inches. The American Card Catalog reference number for the set is R724-1.
Typical R724-1 “Premiere Trading Cards, Airplanes ” Card Front
The R724-1 “Premiere Trading Cards, Airplanes ” Checklist page may be downloaded by clicking the PDF icon.
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