A Sportscaster Card Is The Latest Addition To My Curling Collection

The Winter Olympics are just a few weeks away so this seems like as good a time as any to show off the 13th item in my Curling collection;   it’s this card from the “Sportscasters Cards” set of the late 1970s.

Sportscasters cards were sold as an open-ended subscription and covered a wide variety of sports. You could also get a box to hold the cards in… They seemed to be very similar in concept to recipe card subscriptions which were also fairly popular at the time (and also had available boxes to keep the cards in).

Here’s the front of the oversized card:

I’m not sure what all of the little pictograms on the top mean. From looking at other cards online I think the little black ones on the right mean that the sport can be played outdoor or indoor (a sun and some other weird symbol) and that it’s a team sport (two little people). Since the white and red pictogram on the left features an eye within a diamond – and from comparing this card to other similar cards online – I’m going to guess it means this is an overview of the sport being featured.

The card doesn’t feature anybody in particular, but it is interesting that if you look closely you can see that several of the people have the old-school corn brooms:

But there’s this one guy who seems to have something more akin to what is in use today.

My interest in Curling goes back only to the 2010 Winter Games, so corn brooms seem alien to me.

Here’s the back of the card:

…And here is a comparison with a standard-sized card to give you an idea of how big these are:

Since I haven’t shared my modest collection in a while, here are the other 12 cards I already had (in chronological order):

1932-33 Sanella Margarine “Handbuch des Sports”
FYI, this is oversized and is printed on paper rather than card stock

2014 Topps Olympic and Paralympic – Erika Brown

2014 Topps Olympic and Paralympic – Pete Fenson

2014 Topps Olympic and Paralympic – Jessica Schultz

2014 Topps Olympic and Paralympic “Games of the Olympics” – Pete Fenson

2014 Topps Olympic and Paralympic “Games of the Olympics” – Erika Brown

2014 Topps Olympic and Paralympic “Venues” – Ice Cube Curling Center

2014 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions – Kevin Martin

2014 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions – Rachel Homan

2014 Upper Deck 25th Anniversary – Rachel Homan

2015 Leaf Sport Kings – Kevin Martin

2018 Topps Olympic & Paralympic “Did You Know” – Team Shuster

2 thoughts on “A Sportscaster Card Is The Latest Addition To My Curling Collection

  1. I remember some of my friend’s moms having the subscription recipe boxes. As for me, I begged my mom to sign me up for Sportcasters, but it never happened. I enjoy picking them up when I can though.

    P.S. Awesome curling collection! Had no idea there were so many curling cards out there.

    • I still need to chase down the cards from the 2018 Topps Olympics sets… If there are or will be sets for the Beijing Olympics I haven’t heard about them.

      There have actually been entire sets of Curling cards in Canada and Japan.

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