Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Post Variety - (Volume 1 Update)

As explained in detail in the write up for the 1963 Post CFL set in Collecting Canadian Football Volume 1, there were a couple of different variations for some cards because of the types of cereal that the cards were issued on. Certain cards were issued on cereal boxes that are traditionally designated white backs (although they are actually grey) as opposed to the normal brown backed cards and certain cards were issued on cereal boxes with black coloured borders on the card fronts as opposed to the normal blue bordered cards.

Brown Back normal card on left, White back short print card on right
(Note that scans are not particularly reliable to accurately assess border colours because of a variety of imaging factors)

Nine of these variant cards had both the variant type (five white backs, four black borders) and the normal type of cards and there were typically differences in the photo cropping used (sometimes just slight differences) of each player on each different card. Only one of these pairs of cards (Bernie Faloney, pictured above) was illustrated in the guide and three more players photo differences were mentioned in the text. So I thought it might be useful for obsessive collectors to see exactly how each of the nine player's cards differed from each other (some don't).


Brown Back normal card on left - both feet touch bottom picture frame edge
Black border short print card on right - foot on left side of card does not touch bottom picture frame edge 

(Note that differences in scan intensity, colour and clarity are not necessarily accurate depictions of  actual card images)

Each pair of illustrated cards shows the normal, more plentiful card on the left and the variant short printed card on the right. The easiest noticeable photo difference is stated where necessary, some differences are quite inconsequential.


Brown Back normal card on left - eight full red fence panels to the right of player's leg
White back short print card on right - four full red fence panels to the right of player's leg 

You can tell by the fact that a lot of the short print cards on the right are beat up damaged or miscut examples, that the short print cards are usually much harder to come by, especially in prime condition.


Brown Back normal card on left - player's outstretched hand close to right picture frame edge
White back short print card on right - player's outstretched hand not close to right picture frame edge

Because a lot of ebay vendors, or even relatively knowledgeable dealers don't know the specifics of the set's short printed varieties, sometimes they can be found listed as just regular cards and without a back image. These comparisons will allow you to identify if a particular card is the much harder to get variety, just by looking at the card front picture (in most cases). Even with the black border (and black card text) cards often times the scan colour registration is so poor that you can't tell for sure whether it is black or blue.


Brown Back normal card on left - shoes completely visible, head far from top photo frame edge
White back short print card on right - shoes cutoff, head near top photo frame edge

Now of course the 1963 set featured the factory cut cards with no borders as well and while I believe that the factory cut cards use the same images as the regular blue border brown back cards (where they exist, and same images as the variant cards otherwise) I have not verified this (would need a complete master set of all cards in all varieties to confirm this, not very likely).


Brown Back normal card on left - 3/4 of ball visible, shoulder numbers do not touch right photo frame edge
Black border short print card on right - 1/2 of ball visible, shoulder numbers do touch right photo frame edge

These last three pairs of cards use pretty much the identical photo cropping for each version.

Factory Set no border card on left (was unable to locate a blue bordered version), Black border short print card on right

Brown Back normal card on left, Black border short print card on right

Brown Back normal card on left, Black border short print card on right
Thanks to super CFL collector Larry Oleskiw for providing a couple of the pictures used in this post.



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