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Oldest Cigarette Card
The earliest cigarette card to be positively dated depicts a...read more.

Million Dollar Card
The start of the millennium was very memorable for the cigarette card world. A Honus Wagner cigarette card, the "holy grail" of baseball cards, fetched a record...read more.

Horse Cigarette Cards
Horses have played a prominent role in man's conquest of the planet. For thousands of years horses had served us as an efficient means of...read more.

Soccer Cigarette Cards
The rules of modern association football were established in the 1860s in the public schools of England. Prominent soccer players and teams were vividly portrayed on...read more.

Fishing Cigarette Cards
The human race's fascination for fish can be traced back to thousands of years. Angling is still as popular as ever perhaps even more so. This might stem from man's desire to...read more.

Motor Car Cigarette Cards
Cigarette cards provide a beautifully illustrated record of perhaps the most significant period in the history of mankind, 1870s-1930s. The automobile was...read more.

1930's Movie Cigarette Cards
Not everyone looked forward to the "talkies" (or sound film). Many actors and actresses who rose to stardom during the silent movie era were unable to make the transition to the "talkies", and tumbled into obscurity. John Gilbert's romantic appeal waned when...read more.

Silent Movie Cigarette Cards
Cigarette cards provide a beautifully illustrated record of perhaps the most significant period in the history of mankind, 1870s-1930s. The cinema was one of the many revolutionary innovations to...read more.

Dog Cigarette Cards
Dogs have been man's best friend for many years, perhaps 17000 or more and this enduring relationship was reflected on...read more.

Fishing Cigarette Cards
The human race's fascination for fish can be traced back to thousands of years. Angling is still as popular as ever perhaps even more so. This might stem from man's desire to...read more.

Motor Car Cards
Cigarette cards provide a beautifully illustrated record of perhaps the most significant period in the history of mankind, 1870s-1930s. The automobile was...read more.

1930s' Cigarette Cards
Not everyone looked forward to the "talkies" (or sound film). Many actors and actresses who rose to stardom during the silent movie era were unable to make the transition to the "talkies", and tumbled into obscurity. John Gilbert's romantic appeal waned when...read more.

Silent Movie Cards
Cigarette cards provide a beautifully illustrated record of perhaps the most significant period in the history of mankind, 1870s-1930s. The cinema was one of the many revolutionary innovations to...read more.

Dog Cigarette Cards Cards
Dogs have been man's best friend for many years, perhaps 17000 or more and this enduring relationship was reflected on...read more.

Oldest Cigarette Card
The earliest cigarette card to be positively dated depicts a...read more.

Million Dollar Card
The start of the millennium was very memorable for the cigarette card world. A Honus Wagner cigarette card, the "holy grail" of baseball cards, fetched a record...read more.

Horse Cigarette Cards
Horses have played a prominent role in man's conquest of the planet. For thousands of years horses had served us as an efficient means of...read more.

Soccer Cigarette Cards
The rules of modern association football were established in the 1860s in the public schools of England. Prominent soccer players and teams were vividly portrayed on...read more.

Fishing Cigarette Cards
The human race's fascination for fish can be traced back to thousands of years. Angling is still as popular as ever perhaps even more so. This might stem from man's desire to...read more.

Motor Car Cigarette Cards
Cigarette cards provide a beautifully illustrated record of perhaps the most significant period in the history of mankind, 1870s-1930s. The automobile was...read more.

1930's Movie Cigarette Cards
Not everyone looked forward to the "talkies" (or sound film). Many actors and actresses who rose to stardom during the silent movie era were unable to make the transition to the "talkies", and tumbled into obscurity. John Gilbert's romantic appeal waned when...read more.

Silent Movie Cigarette Cards
Cigarette cards provide a beautifully illustrated record of perhaps the most significant period in the history of mankind, 1870s-1930s. The cinema was one of the many revolutionary innovations to...read more.

Dog Cigarette Cards
Dogs have been man's best friend for many years, perhaps 17000 or more and this enduring relationship was reflected on...read more.

Fishing Cigarette Cards
The human race's fascination for fish can be traced back to thousands of years. Angling is still as popular as ever perhaps even more so. This might stem from man's desire to...read more.

Motor Car Cards
Cigarette cards provide a beautifully illustrated record of perhaps the most significant period in the history of mankind, 1870s-1930s. The automobile was...read more.

Music On Cigarette Cards & Liebig Cards

Although cigarette cards were issued on many subjects from the 1870s-1930s, I feel that the popular music of the time was neglected. One of the cigarette card sets to defy the trend was "Dance Band Leaders", issued in 1936 by Lambert & Butler. This set included Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Billy Cotton, Henry Hall and many more. Duke Ellington also features in "A Gallery of 1934", issued by Stephen Mitchell. Liebig produced a prolific number of beautifully illustrated trading card sets relating to opera and classical music.

I've listed a small selection of the more unusual and rare card sets that I've come across in my six years of dealing on eBay. I've provided scans of a sample card from each set and tried to include all card titles.

 


Name Of Set: Silhouettes of German Artists S684
Manufacturer: Liebig Extract of Meat Co
Issue Year: 1901
Card Number: 6
Card Titles: -

 


Name Of Set: Giuseppe Verdi S717
Manufacturer: Liebig Extract of Meat Co
Issue Year: 1902
Card Number: 6
Card Titles: -

 


Name Of Set: The Marriage of Figaro ( Opera ) (S828)
Manufacturer: Liebig Extract of Meat Co
Issue Year: 1905
Card Number: 6
Card Titles: -

 


Name Of Set: The Life of Mozart S856
Manufacturer: Liebig Extract of Meat Co
Issue Year: 1906
Card Number: 6
Card Titles: -

 


Name Of Set: Richard Wagner
Manufacturer: Liebig Extract of Meat Co
Issue Year: 1913
Card Number: 6
Card Titles: -

 


Name Of Set: Musical Celebrities, Second Series
Manufacturer: WD and HO Wills
Issue Year: 1914
Card Number: 50
Card Titles: Palestrina, Purcell, Auber, Bishop, Meyerbeer, Balfe, Berlioz, Macfarren, Sterndale Bennett, Boccherini, Rubinstein, Barnby, Edward Lloyd, Sir Alex Mackenzie, Sir Frederick Bridge, Sir Hubert Parry, Vladmir De Pachmann, Sir Frederick Cowen, Thomas Moore, Giuseppe Verdi, Watkin Mills, Ben Davies, Sigr Leoncavallo, Sigr Mascagni, Sir J. Stainer, Massenet, H. Plunket Greene, Jean Sibelius, F. Busoni, Granville Bantock, Madame Antionette Sterling, Leonard Borwick, Madame Lisa Lehmann, L. Godowski, Thomas Beecham, Landon Ronald, Moritz Moszkowski, Coleridge Taylor, Pablo Casals, Madame Agnes Nicholls, Jean Gerardy, Madame Kirby Lunn, Joseph Holbrooke, Madame Ada Crossley, Jan Kubelik, Madame C. Chaminade, Dr A. Somervell, John McCormack, Madame Marie Hall, and Mischa Elman.

 


Name Of Set: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Edward Ringer
Issue Year: 1924
Card Number: 25
Card Titles: Accordion, Highland Bag Pipe, Banjo, Bombardon, Concertina, Cornet, Side Drum, Dulcimer, Flute, Pedal Harp, Harpsichord, French Horn, Lute,Madoline, Oboe, Pipe Organ, Grand Pianoforte, Upright Pianoforte, Saxophone, Spinet, Slide Trombone, Trumpet, Viola Da Gamba, Violin,  and Violoncello.

 

 


Name Of Set: Beethoven I (S1203)
Manufacturer: Liebig Extract of Meat Co
Issue Year: 1928
Card Number: 6
Card Titles: -

 


Name Of Set: Dance Band Leaders
Manufacturer: Lambert and Butler
Issue Year: 1936
Card Number: 25
Card Titles: Ambrose, Cab Calloway, Billy Cotton, Duke Ellington, Roy Fox, Geraldo, Carroll Gibbons, Nat Gonella, Henry Hall, Jack Hylton, Jack Jackson, Charlie Kunz, Sydney Kyte, Brian Lawrence, Syd Lipton, Joe Loss, Ray Noble, Jack Payne, Lou Preager, Harry Roy, Debroy Somers, Lew Stone , Rudy Valee, Paul Whiteman, and Maurice Winnick.
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