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|The Anglo American Chewing
Gum cards (not actually cards but wax inserts) came in 3 issues, each with 48
“Sports Gallery with 2 golfers: #5 Bobby Jones and #22 Walter Hagen;
“Sports Parade with 2 golfers: #9 Ben Hogan and #12 Babe Zaharias;
“World of Wonders” with 2 golf related cards: 40C Question and 40C Answer.
Naturally, being inside with a wrapped piece of gum, most are found with gum stains and folds and wrinkles. However, there were a few “proof” issues available that are in Mint condition. One of the Ben Hogan proofs recently sold for over $200.
The Sports Parade issue has many different sports represented. Examples are: Track and Field/Jesse Owens; Figure Skating/Sonja Henie; Boxing/Joe Louis; Tennis/Bill Tilden; Swimming/Johnny Weismuller; Rifle Shooting/Annie Oakley; along with Ice Hockey, Football (Soccer) , Water Speed Records, Billiards, Auto Racing, Horse Racing, and Questions and Answer cards.
|In the early 1960’s, Clevedon
Confectionery released two card issues that contained golf cards.
The first issue is named “International Sporting Stars.” It was issued in 1960 and is smaller in size than the 1961 issue. There were 6 golf cards in this issue. Three question cards and three answer cards as follows: #20 Harry Weetman/#31 Answer Card; #41 Dai Rees/#10 Answer Card; #50 Ken Bousfield/#1 Answer Card.
|The 1961 issue is called “Sporting Memories.” It contains 25 cards and this is the issue that has the #6 Ben Hogan card. It also has another golf card, #13 Dai Rees. The most common back printing color is blue, but these cards can also be found with a black printing color.|
|Even though these are not
“true” trading cards, these are still collected by many Ben Hogan collectors as
they depict the perfect “Hogan Impact” image.
They also show a facsimile autograph in the lower right hand corner of
each card. Not sought after by every
collector, but by enough to be considered for a Ben Hogan collection.
There are several different playing card manufacturers that have made Ben Hogan cards with the red and blue backs. The U.S. Playing Card Company and Bicycle Playing Card Company are two that come to mind. They are often found being sold as the pair with the red and blue backed decks in the same box.
|The APBA game was first
played in the 1930’s by a group of high school boys in Lancaster, PA. It was conceived by one of the boys, Dick
Seitz. He based it on another game of that
time called “National Pastime”, but Dick used dice and on-field performances of
individual players in his new game. The
group called themselves the “American Professional Baseball Association.” Thus the title of the new game was born,
The game went into market in 1951 and Mr. Seitz quit his real job in 1957 to make APBA a career. Golf was added to the mix in the 1960’s and both baseball and golf APBA games continue to be made to this day.
As you can see from the above card, players vital statistics are on the card along with stats used in the playing of the game.
Wonderful World of Golf started in 1961 and ran through 2003.
These matches became a very popular TV series beginning in 1962
and going through 1970. It then again aired from 1994 thru 2003.
The color commentator for most matches was Gene Sarazen.
The format pitted two popular golf professionals playing an 18
hole stroke play match. These matches took place at Golf Clubs
all over the world. Each
match took hours to complete, as the TV crews had to move the few
cameras used in the early matches from position to position.|
Ben Hogan's only match was in played in 1964 and aired in 1965. This match was against Sam Snead and played at the Houston Country Club. This match actually took two days to complete, as a huge rainstorm forced the match to be stopped early on the first day. Mr. Hogan would eventually win the match with a 69 to Sam Snead's 72.