1956 “Adventure” (R749)
Gum Products, Inc., USA

Series Title: “Adventure”
American Card Catalog No.: R749
Issued by: Gum Products, Inc.
Country: United States
Number of Cards: 100
Card Dimensions: 2½ × 3½ inches
Circa: 1956
Checklist: Checklist

Overview [1,2]

This set of 100 cards was issued in 1956, by Gum Products, Inc., and contains a wide variety of subject matter. Unfortunately for “non-sports” card collectors, it also contains many cards of athletes, of which the “boxer” series have received the most attention in recent times. The color artwork of the set does not compare well with other sets of the period, and the text is far too general. In some cases the text is just plain wrong; i.e. “Card № 39: One Down --- Zeros to Go” claims that Yamamoto was shot down in 1953 rather than 1943. The color drawings are printed on heavy cardboard stock and have large white borders. The cardboard stock is also rather brittle, that we unfortunately found out while scanning some of the cards. The backs contain the card number, card title, and a short text of blue print on gray stock. The American Card Catalog reference number for the set is R749.

Image-Guide [2]

The following R749 1956 “Adventure” Image-Guide contains images for the fronts and backs of all 100 cards in the set. All of the scans came from the Skytamer Collection except for cards #41, #44, and #86 which were obtained from outside anonymous sources. All of the images, both fronts and backs, have been computer enhanced for presentation purposes. Behind each of the thumbnails presented below is a “full-size” 600 dpi image (except 41, 44 & 86 which are low resolution scans). We have also included an “Original Scans” section directly beneath the Image-Guide that contains the original front and back 600-scans of the 97 cards from the Skytamer Collection.

R749 “Adventure” Original 600-dpi Card Scans
1 1b 2 2b 3 3b 4 4b 5 5b 6 6b 7 7b 8 8b 9 9b 10 10b
11 11b 12 12b 13 13b 14 14b 15 15b 16 16b 17 17b 18 18b 19 19b 20 20b
21 21b 22 22b 23 23b 24 24b 25 25b 26 26b 27 27b 28 28b 29 29b 30 30b
31 31b 32 32b 33 33b 34 34b 35 35b 36 36b 37 37b 38 38b 39 39b 40 40b
41 41b 42 42b 43 43b 44 44b 45 45b 46 46b 47 47b 48 48b 49 49b 50 50b
51 51b 52 52b 53 53b 54 54b 55 55b 56 56b 57 57b 58 58b 59 59b 60 60b
61 61b 62 62b 63 63b 64 64b 65 65b 66 66b 67 67b 68 68b 69 69b 70 70b
71 71b 72 72b 73 73b 74 74b 75 75b 76 76b 77 77b 78 78b 79 79b 80 80b
81 81b 82 82b 83 83b 84 84b 85 85b 86 86b 87 87b 88 88b 89 89b 90 90b
91 91b 92 92b 93 93b 94 94b 95 95b 96 96b 97 97b 98 98b 99 99b 100 100b

Store Display Box [3]

A very special thanks to Vladislav Kuchta from Prague, Czech Republic for sending us a scan of the R749 “Adventure” 1¢ Store Display box. Vladislav is a long-time collector of chewing gum wrappers. He has over 100,000 items in his collection.


1956 “Adventure” (R749)
Gum Products, 100-cards, United States
xCard №Card Title
xcard Title
1At the End of Rainbow - Gold
2The Procupine - Attack Proof?
3Indian Rope Trick - Fake or Fact?
4Manolette - Bullfighter Supreme
5One Day Man Will Fly ......
6The Space Man of the Future ...
7The Greatest Show on Earth ...
8Baskets + Rebounds = Points
9An Army of Ski Enthusiasts ...
10Bobsledding --- Lake Placid Style
11Willie Pep --- Hartford Wonder
12The Thousand - Thrill Sport
13Norkay - Conqueror of Everest
14Shy, Beautiful and Wild ...
15Ivory Coast Snake Dance
16Pan American Pacers Pant ...
17Devilfish and Child’s Play
18Over the Bounding Waves ...
19A Tourist Paradise ...
20Not for Beginners ...
21Red-Stopper in Korea
22Post War Battlers ...
23Audie Murphy --- Real Life Hero
24Manning the Honest John ----
25The Navy’s Regulus
26Sunburns and Floor Burns
27Bottlenosed Dolphin
28Mobile St. Bernards
29As American as the Hot Dog
30Too Close for Comfort
31Canadian Tommy Burn’s
32Jack Johnson - Jabber
33Jesse Willard of Kansas
34Dempsey - Manassa Mauler
35Gene Tunney, Undefeated Champ
36The Muskellunge - Fighter
37No Circus Stunt This - - -
38Dirt Track Hot-Rodders
39One Down --- Zeros to Go
40Mountain-Climbing, Monkey-Style
41Louis, the Brown Bomber
42Charles - All-Star Athlete
43Jersey Bouncer - Joe Walcott
44Brockton Blockbuster -
45Rainmaking --- Scientific Magi
46Aerial Torpedoes and Shellfire
47The Stanley Steamer - 1906
48Marquette - Priest, Explorer
49Skimming Over the Ice
50Happy Hunting Grounds ----
51Boston’s Skyline
52Racing, with a Pinch of Salt
53The Pilot Boat Pet
54Not All Pilots Fly ....
55Boston’s Golden Greek ---
56Into the Air and Over ---
57Wedding of the Year --- 1956
58Leathernecks Courageous ----
59King of the Wild Frontier ---
60The Navy’s Flying Saucer
61Flying at 3000-Miles-An-Hour ----
62Sitting on Top of the World ----
63Hockey’s Hardy Perennials
64The Pintail Flyaway ---
65A Hunter’s Dream Come True ---
66British Navy --- African Style
67Ride ’em Cowboy
68Breaking A Horse -- Cowboy Style
69Shrine of Democracy ----
70Snowshoe Thompson -- Mailman
71When a Feller Needs a Friend ---
72A Fisherman’s Life is Happy ----
73The Groundhog’s Shadow ----
74In the Great Northwest ----
75Famed for Their Mimicry ----
76The Great John L. ---
77Lightning Fast -- Jim Corbett
78Fitzsimmons -- KO Specialist
79Jeffries -- California Grizzly
80Marvin Hart -- Interim Champ
81Letting Loose on the Boards
82A Boy’s Best Friend ----
83The Ageless Sport ----
84Not Flying, Just A-Jumping
85Over Fence for New Record ----
86The Black Uhlan of the Rhine
87Squire of Newton and ---
88Primo Carnera -- Giant Killer
89Max Baer -- Actor, Boxer
90Braddock -- Gentleman Boxer
91Dead Heat --- All the Way
92Bob Mathias, Superman ----
93First to Clear 7-Foot Barrier ----
94The Northern Light ----
95Alone with Gulls and Sea ----
96Scramble, Men, Scramble
97Camermen --- Nervy Humans
98Sea Firefighters --- Lifesavers
99Rusty Bacon At $10 Per Pound ..
100Conestoga - Pioneer Transport
n/a1¢ Store Display Box

Special Thanks

Vladislav Kuchta — A very special thanks to Vladislav Kuchta from Prague, Czech Republic for sending us a scan of the R749 “Adventure” 1¢ Store Display box. Vladislav is a long-time collector of chewing gum wrappers. He has over 100,000 items in his collection.


  1. Benjamin, Christopher, The Sport Americana® Price Guide to the Non-Sports Cards 1930-1960, Number 2, Edgewater Book Company, Cleveland, Ohio, 1993, ISBN 0-937424-66-8, pp. 231-232
  2. John A. Shupek: Card images via the Skytamer Archive Digital Image Database.
  3. Kuchta, Vladislav. R749 1¢ Store Display Box scan via personal collection.

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