1952–1953 Bowman Gum : Television and Radio Stars of NBC

1952–1953 Bowman Gum : Television and Radio Stars of NBC



1953 Bowman Gum : Television and Radio Stars of NBC

Television and Radio Stars of the National Broadcasting Company trading cards were released by Bowman Gum in 1952 and 1953. Both series were originally sold in five-card packs for five cents. The 1953 release included one-card packs for a penny. Each pack contains a piece of bubble gum. The series was also distributed in 15-card cellophane packs that include cards from the Power for Peace series . Repack boxes contain 36 cello packs.

Both series are copyrighted B.G., H.L. for Bowman Gum and Haelan Laboratories, Inc. Each card measures 2.5 x 3.75 inches (6.3 x 9.5 cm), slightly taller than a modern trading card. The 1952 card backs contain horizontally oriented text; the 1953 card text is vertically aligned. The American Card Catalog entries are R701-14 and R701-15. Both card series are included in The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bud Collyer appears on card No. 31 in the 1953 release. From 1948–1953, Collyer made appearances as co-host and emcee on Break The Bank. The quiz show debuted on Mutual in 1945. Bud Collyer first appeared on the ABC radio and televisions broadcasts with Bert Parks on October 22, 1948. The biography information on the card back incorrectly states "since 1945." Break the Bank later aired on the NBC Radio Network in 1949 and CBS in 1952.

1953 Bowman - Television and Radio Stars of the NBC - 31 - Bud Collyer

Bud Collyer, born Clayton Johnson Heermance, Jr., starred as the first actor to voice Clark Kent and Superman on The Adventures of Superman radio series from 1940–1950. Collyer voiced both characters for the Fleischer and Famous Studios Superman animated shorts released from 1941–1943. Collyer later reprised the roles for the The New Adventures of Superman animated series from 1966–1968.

Bud Collyer previously appeared in different series of TV & Radio Stars cards issued by Exhibit Supply Co. (ESCO) throughout the 1940s.


1952 Checklist (R701-14)
1 Gertude Berg
2 Bob Elliot and Ray Goulding
3 Joan Davis
4 Eddie Cantor
5 Judy Canova
6 Bob Considine
7 Robert Cummings
8 Dennis Day
9 Jimmy Durante
10 Ralph Edwards
11 Dave Garroway
12 Dolores Gray
13 Phil Harris and Alice Faye
14 Bob Hope
15 George Jessel
16 Jim and Marion Jordan
17 Pinky Lee
18 Paul Winchell
19 Groucho Marx
20 Joel McCrea
21 Randy Merriman
22 Bess Myerson
23 Jan Murray
24 Walter O'Keefe
25 Jane Pickens
26 Marguerite Piazza
27 Martha Raye
28 Dinah Shore
29 Kate Smith
30 Olan Soule and Barbara Luddy
31 Bill Stern
32 Martha Stewart
33 John Cameron Swayze
34 Lee Tracy
35 Willard Waterman
36 Meredith Willson
1953 Checklist (R701-15)
1 Jack Lescoulie
2 Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding
3 Florence Freeman
4 Ralph Edwards
5 Jim Backus
6 Olan Soule and Barbara Luddy
7 Carl Reiner
8 Groucho Marx
9 Everett Mitchell
10 Dinah Shore
11 Billy Williams
12 Morgan Beatty
13 Hoagy Carmichael
14 Russell Arms
15 William Bendix
16 Audrey Meadows
17 Johnny Dugan
18 Patricia Wheel
19 Tommy Bartlett
20 MacDonald Carey
21 Harry Babbitt
22 Dorothy Warenskjold
23 Ann Elstner
24 Vivian Smollen
25 Stan Kenton
26 Les Brown
27 George Hicks
28 Jeri Lou James
29 Kenneth Banghart
30 Buzz Podewell
31 Bud Collyer
32 Jack McCoy
33 Sid Caesar
34 Anne Whitfield
35 Ezio Pinza
36 Lucille Norman
37 Bambi Linn and Rod Alexander
38 Bob Hastings
39 Donald Curtis
40 Bill Conrad
41 Eddie Fisher
42 Mark Stevens
43 Ned Wever
44 Cliff Arquette
45 George Fenneman
46 Ted Mack
47 Carmen Dragon
48 Arthur Hughes
49 Helen Strohm
50 Loretta Young
51 Richard Harkness
52 Jeffrey Lynn
53 Lucille Wall
54 J. Fred Muggs
55 Betty and Jane Kean
56 Susan Levin
57 Helen Halpin
58 Ronnie Walken
59 Robert Harris
60 Virginia Dwyer
61 Phil Harris
62 Estelle Parsons
63 Paul Lavalle
64 Claudia Morgan
65 Patti Page
66 The Hamilton Trio
67 Jeannine Roose
68 Arlene McQuade
69 Tony Martin
70 Don Herbert
71 Arnold Stang
72 Kathi Norris
73 Sammy Kaye
74 Joseph Kearns
75 Fred Allen
76 Florence Williams
77 Bob Hamilton
78 Eli Mintz
79 Jack Barry
80 Claire Niesen
81 Walter Tetly
82 Rhonda Williams
83 Marlin Perkins
84 Imogene Coca
85 Merrill Mueller
86 Sallie Brophy
87 Verna Felton
88 Harry Holcombe
89 Tom Dandrea
90 Marvin Miller
91 Dennis Day
92 Phyllis Hill
93 William Waterman
94 Wesley Morgan
95 Bob Hope
96 Dan Gibson

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