Several companies took advantage of Titanic’s popularity and fame as the most luxurious and opulent vessel ever afloat by producing tie-in promotional materials for their products. Although this most often involved products which were used on board the ship, the Cadbury chocolate company of England decided to produce a trade card and matching tin without promoting a product actually supplied for use on the ship.
Trade cards, the precursors to today’s trading cards, were typically associated with sports, however, during the Victorian Era and into the 20th Century, trade cards would also feature various products placed into the products’ packaging as a prize to be collected and traded. The Cadbury Titanic/Olympic trade card is the only such card known to feature a pre-sinking Titanic and one of the few advertising images of the ship ever to be in color. The card offered here has not been professionally graded.
Considered to be the Holy Grail of Titanic and ship cards. This is a scarce 1909-1911 pre-sinking Cadbury’s Chocolates Titanic/Olympic set of one card, produced in England to publicize the “largest steamers in the world” that were simultaneously under construction. The ship on the card is nameless and is meant to represent both ships as was frequently done since they closely resembled each other.
This is the only trade card known to show the Titanic prior to its sinking and one of the few pictures to be shown in color. Relatively unknown to the card-collecting hobby, it has the potential to be the highest valued non-sports card.
Very rare collector-grade card with a solid market value.
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