Friday, December 16, 2016

Vintage Card Of The Month: 1934 Basma Manfred von Richthofen

This month’s VCoM is another Richthofen card that comes from a 1934 pack of Basma Cigarettes from Germany. The card is about the height of a standard American tobacco card like the T206 cards but wider about half an inch.
The downside to collecting Manfred von Richthofen cards is that most, roughly 90-95%, of the cards are of German origination which makes tracking and organizing a bear of a task. In fact, the only American cards of the Baron that I know of are the 1933-34 National Chicle Skybirds, the 2008 & 2009 SP Legendary Cuts Baseball and the 2011 Goodwin Champions cards. But I will not be dissuaded and continue my tasking hunt for the Red Baron.


  1. Way cool. Before WWII cards were big in Germany but are almost undocumented today.

  2. Okay, this is one of the most amazing cards that I think I've seen you post. You always surprise me.

  3. That's a terrific card! From my combination of long-disused high school German and an assist from Google Translate, I believe the back of the says (in part):

    German Men
    A collection of famous Germans
    Picture #53
    Baron von Richtofen
    Pilot in World War
    These pictures are included in:
    ...and the rest lists what I imaging are cigarette brands and prices, with the company name at the bottom (Cigarettenfabrik = Cigarette factory)