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Trading Cards

The Trading Cards of Audie Murphy
Some of the collectable trading cards honoring America's most decorated hero and movie star.
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Audie Murphy greeting card. Image provided by Troy Kirk. Audie Murphy greeting card. Image provided by Troy Kirk.
1960 Audie Murphy Greeting Cards
Photos provided by Troy Kirk

These cards were made available through an Internet firm that specializes in selling celebrity trading cards. Troy Kirk, the web master who provided these cards states that the cards above "...were originally sold through a London company called F.P.F. Ltd. from the early 1950s to the beginning of the 1960s. The cards were advertised for sale in UK film magazines. Greetings cards can also be found in two larger sizes, including half-postcard (2 3/4" x 3 1/2") and postcard size. The same images were not always featured on all 3 sizes. While there were 260 small cards issued, there were over 600 Greetings postcards issued. There are differing levels of scarceness for the Greetings cards, probably because these cards were issued over several years with different cards being pulled and new ones added as the years passed and the fame of the stars changed. There are also minor text variations for some of the cards."

Hellas Trading Card of Audie Murphy. Image provided by Troy Kirk. Hellas Trading Card of Audie Murphy. Image provided by Troy Kirk.
1958 Finnish Bubble Gum Card
Photo provided by Troy Kirk

The cards above is from the Hellas Film Star Set issued in Finland in 1958. The card is part of a 198-card set issued with Bubble Gum. There were two slightly different "Serie A" sets issued by Hellas: the narrow and wide border sets. Most of the cards were the same with just a difference in the border size. The Audie cards were the same in both sets except for in the their border sizes.

Most of the words are written in Finnish. The word "jenkki" literally translates to "yankee". The Finnish selected this word since the gum they consumed during the 1950's came from the United States.

"Maan eniten myyty" means "Most sold in the country" and is a commercial slogan. "Landets mesta salda" also means "Most sold in the country" but is written in Swedish since Finland is bilingual. Purukumi means "chewing gun" in Finnish. And finally, "Tuggummi" means "chewing gum" in swedish.

1948 Topps Magic Photo Set. Image provided by Troy Kirk. 1948 Topps Magic Photo Set. Image provided by Troy Kirk.
1948 Topps Magic Photo Set
Photo provided by Troy Kirk

Troy tells us that "...the card above is from the Topps Magic Photos set issued with Topps Bubble Gum in the USA during 1948. The set included 252 cards featuring baseball players, wrestlers, dogs, military leaders, inventors, and others. This was the first card set put out by Topps which is still a leader in the card collecting industry. When these card were issued, the fronts were blank. The back had a clue as to who was on the card. To view the picture on the front, the owner had to develop the image with moisture and light. The quality of the development of these cards vary from clear to faded."

1952 Watford Buscuit Trading Card. Image provided by Troy Kirk.
Watford Biscuits
Photo by Troy Kirk

Troy says that the card above comes from a tin of Watford Biscuits (cookies), made in England around 1952. The image of from one of the earlier westerns Audie Murphy starred in made by Universal International movie studios.

1953 Mother's Cookies card. Image provided by Troy Kirk. 1953 Mother's Cookies card. Image provided by Troy Kirk.
1953 Mother's Cookie Card
Photo provided by Troy Kirk

Last of all, Troy states that "This one came from Mother's Cookies in the USA. It was issued in 1953, card #1 of 63 movie star cards." Troy explained that he prefers cards that are in better condition, but it is the opinion of the webmaster that this card is the best one of the bunch. On behalf of all the fans and visitors, thankyou for making all of these cards available Troy!

If you are interested in visiting Troy Kirk's website, go to the following link: http://www.moviecard.com

Front, 1991 Pacific Trading card. Image provided by Andrew Gillatly.
1991 Pacific Trading
Photo by Andrew Gillatly

This 1991 Pacific Trading card was most recently found and made available by Andrew Gillatly. Andrew states in an email that Pacific Trading gives the National Archives credit as the source of the photo on the card and that the card is copyrighted 1992.

The rear of the card states: "A farm boy from Texas, Murphy became the most decorated American serviceman of World War II. In addition to the Medal of Honor he won 30 other military awards including every medal for battlefield valor. Because of his size (he was 5'5" and 110 lbs.) the Marine Corps rejected Murphy but the Army was willing to accept him for enlistment. Murphy was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division which landed in North Africa in February 1943. He saw action in Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany. He moved up the ranks to lieutenant by the time he was fighting in France. Murphy won the Medal of Honor single-handedly stopping a German counterattack near Colmar, France in January 1945. First he stayed alone in an open field to call in artillery fire on the advancing enemy and then jumped on a burning tank destroyer and for more than an hour and used its machine gun to stop advancing Germany infantry. Murphy returned to the states a national hero and went on to become a movie star."

The image below is the backside of the card. Finally, on behalf of all Audie Murphy fans, thanks for sharing the card with us Andrew! It's a terrific piece of memorabilia.

Rear, 1991 Pacific Trading Card. Photo by Andrew Gillatly.
Rear, 1991 Pacific Trading
Photo by Andrew Gillatly
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