This issue was distributed by Fred C. Cartledge Company in Sheffield, England. It is often named the F.C. Cartledge Famous Prize Fighters set by collectors but a more appropriate name is probably the Knock Out Razor Blades Famous Prize Fighters set as that is the product these cards are believed to have been distributed with. Pictures on the cards were black and white. Some were real images while others were renditions of the subjects. The first 30 cards were drawings while the final 20 were real photographs. Like most other cards of the time period, biographies were printed on the back. Of note here is that while there are 50 cards advertised, there are actually at least 52. That is because two boxers share card numbers (No. 13 and No. 19) with that number being used more than once. In all, a total of two different types of sets were issued — one has a matte finish and the other, a glossy finish. The glossy cards appear to be the more difficult ones to find. One interesting feature of this issue is that the company tried to make it easy for collectors to complete a set. When a collector obtained any 50 cards, they could send them to the company and their duplicates would be exchanged for cards they needed.Read more...
TwoYewts - 1938 Cartledge Razors Famous Prize Fighters Set
TwoYewts – 1938 Cartledge Razors Famous Prize Fighters Set
This collector took the time to create Owner’s Comments for his complete set of prize fighters. The information includes the distributor’s name and background for the release of these cards, such as once a collector obtained 50 or more cards, they could exchange duplicates with the company for cards they were missing. Highlights of this set include: #18 John L. Sullivan (CSG 7.5), #22 James Corbett (CSG 7), #24 Bob Simmons (CSG 8), #26 Jack Dempsey (CSG 5.5), #29 Max Schmeling (CSG 5.5), #30 Joe Lewis (CSG 7.5), #41 Benny Lynch (CSG 8), #43 Jack (Kid) Berg (CSG 8) and #45 Max Baer (CSG 6.5).