As you might guess, the set numbers 52 cards total, with four suits of ace through king. The cherry red background would stand out almost anywhere, but cards also come in lime green and blueberry. See this list of pages for interesting E285 front and back variations.
- Lefty Grove Rittenhouse page
- Phil Collins and Lloyd Waner
- E285 Google image search
- Old Cardboard set profile
This card appears in my blog because not every back included a letter. Mr. Simmons features the nice, big #5 pictured at right. Relatively few Rittenhouse cards made it into modern collections and this is the first I've seen with a number. Lots of reasons for set scarcity come to mind.
- Being strip cards, young collectors could easily cut them poorly and leave ragged edges
- The playing card design encouraged lots of use and handling
- I assume the production company kept anything sent back for redemption
- Goudey Gum produced an amazing baseball set the same year, with design and quality that far outpaced the E285s
- 1933 was a long time ago
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