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July 2016 Trading CardsDo you remember trading cards as a kid? Today sports cards are the most popular, but years ago almost any topic could be depicted on cards. Cards came in bubble gum packs, boxes of tea and even loaves of bread. Remember the Red Rose tea cards? They came in all sorts of topics: Natives, Dinosaurs, the Arctic, Space Ages, Birds, Flowers and Animals. You could even write away to get a special rectangular booklet to put your cards in! With kids, these cards were just as popular as their animal and nursery rhyme Wade ceramic figurines.

Parkhurst Products of Toronto produces sports and non-sports card series and their products are known as “Parkies” by collectors today. One set entitled “Race Against Time” came out in 1954 and depicted endurance racing of all kinds (boat, horses, runners, rivercraft and spacecraft). Card 37 of the 40 card set featured chuckwagon racing. In it we see two chuckwagons racing past a crowded grandstand. The caption reads, “Chuck Wagon Racing ½ mile. Record: 1m:8.3s (J. Phelan, Alta. Calgary Stampede- 1953”.

Chuckwagon racing is truly an Alberta sport, having been developed here in the 1920’s and a popular feature at Stampedes and Stompedes for many years. This card, from 1954, is a unique part of its history.

The “Parkies” cards were sold with packs including bubble gum. What were your favourite sets? Does anyone out there remember Wacky Packages, Batman cards based on the 1960’s T.V. Series or how about the Partridge Family card set? There were so many to choose from back then.

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Last updated: 2/20/2018 2:18:02 PM