Issuing Company: A&BC|
Country of Issue: England
Year of Issue: 1953
Color/B&W: Color and B&W
Number of Cards in Set: 48 (numbered 49-96)
Card Size: 1 7/8" x 2 3/4"
Issued as insert with what product: Bubble Gum
This set is a continuation of the A&BC SET OF 48. There were three series of these cards issued in about the 1953-1954 timeframe.
Cards in the NO. 2 SERIES can be found in color or black and white. For the NO. 2 SERIES, the odd numbered cards are in color and the even numbered cards are in black and white.
Most of the cards in this set are blank-backed, but some have printing that describes a mail-in offer to get large premium photos. These printed cards are described as BLACKSTAR cards. The offer on the backs stated that a collector could send in one of the BLACKSTAR cards plus any 4 other cards and get a giant card of one of 3 different stars listed on the BLACKSTAR card. The offer indicated that your cards would be sent back with the premium card.
In the May/June 1954 issue of The Cameric Cigarette Card Club Notes and News magazine, the premium cards are discussed by editor H. E. Wareham. "On page 54 I referred to the giant size portraits available from the A. & B. C. Chewing Gum, Ltd., in exchange for Black Star card scheme. The number in set was given as 24, this number being arrived at after adding up all the different titles given as being available on the backs of the black star cards. One further title is available not mentioned there, which is Kathryn Grayson, making the total 25. Size 203 x 255mm. Black and white portraits, with star's autograph across picture and name followed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer at bottom. Autograph only appears on the portrait depicting Pier Angeli for some reason. Plain backs."
Date Info: In the January/February 1954 issue of The Cameric Cigarette Card Club Notes and News magazine, it is noted that "At the very end of December (1953) a second series of "Film Stars" were put into circulation."
An album was issued for these cards titled "Dollar Film Star Series." Thanks to Stuart Collins for providing most of the checklist information for this set.
49. Linda Darnell in "Night Without Sleep"
50. Gloria Gordon in "Beneath The 12 Mile Reef"
51. William Lundigan in "Inferno"
52. Cameron Mitchell in "How To Marry A Millionaire"
53. Joanne Dru in "The Pride of St. Louis"
54. Charlton Heston in "The Presidentís Lady"
55. June Haver in "The Girl Next Door"
56. Jeffrey Hunter in "The Young Texans"
57. Jane Russell in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"
58. Jay Robinson in "The Robe"
59. Terry Moore in "Beneath The 12 Mile Reef"
60. James Mason in "Prince Valliant"
61. Dana Andrews in "The Frogmen"
62. Betty Grable in "How To Marry A Millionaire"
63. Anne Bancroft in "The Gladiators"
64. Jean Peters in "A Blueprint For Murder"
65. Jeanne Crain in "City Of Bad Men"
66. John Ericson in "Rhapsody"
67. Constance Smith in "Treasure Of The Golden Condor"
68. Fernando Lamas in "Dangerous When Wet"
69. Corinne Calvet in "Powder River"
70. Jonathan Cott in "Code Two"
71. Paul Douglas in "We're Not Married"
72. Dean Miller in "Everything I Have Is Yours"
73. Gary Merrill in "A Blueprint For Murder"
74. Clark Gable in "Mogambo"
75. David Wayne in "How To Mary A Millionaire"
76. Jeff Richards in "Panther Squadron 8"
77. Debra Paget in "The Gladiators"
78. Keenan Wynn in "Kiss Me Kate"
79. Ezio Pinza in "Tonight We Sing"
80. Spencer Tracy in "The Actress"
81. Ethel Merman in "There's No Business Like Show Business"
82. Clifton Webb in "Mr. Scoutmaster"
83. Cyd Charise in "The Band Wagon"
84. Hugh Marlowe in "Way Of A Gaucho"
85. Judy Holliday in "A Name For Herself"
86. Casey Adams in "Vicki"
87. Aldo Ray in "Letís Do It Again"
88. Lauren Bacall in "How To Marry A Millionaire"
89. Donna Reed in "From Here To Eternity"
90. Cary Grant in "Monkey Business"
91. Joan Collins in "Turn The Key Softly"
92. Merry Anders in "How To Marry A Millionaire"
93. Muriel Pavlow in "Malta Story"
94. Jean Simmons in "The Robe"
95. Jane Hylton in "It Started in Paradise"
96. Catherine McLeod in "A Blueprint For Murder"
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