Red Grange No. 9B card in 1926 Shotwell set a true rarity

Pre-War Card Magazine

In 1926, Shotwell Manufacturing Company issued two different sets featuring football star Red Grange. An ad-backed set featured 12 cards that were mostly action shots of Grange as a player. A second blank-backed issue featured 24 scenes with him in a movie, “One Minute to Play.”

Both are popular and rare. As I wrote recently for Sports Collectors Daily, they were issued with Shotwell’s Red Grange candy bars but not many exist today.

The first set I mentioned generally draws a little more interest since the focus is on Grange as a football player. And it’s in that set where you can find a rare variation on Card No. 9.

Card 9A vs. Card 9B

grange-9b-shotwell.jpegGrange Shotwell 9AThe most common card No. 9 features Grange in college with his Alma Mater, Illinois. It is titled ‘Illinois Famous Half Back’ and features a basic half-body shot of him. However, a much rarer version…

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