While there has long been an active market and community for trading cards of popular sports heroes, past and present, the collecting of non-sports trading cards holds a much lower profile. On the bright side, this keeps prices low; of course, it also makes it harder to know what’s out there and perhaps harder to know where to find it.
This page will focus on vintage trading cards of the Babe Ruth of Physics, Sir Isaac Newton. For current purposes, I will define vintage as older than me (1969). The organization of this page will be chronological in two sections: cards my son and I have, and cards we don’t have.
PART ONE – CARDS WE HAVE
The slideshow below highlights the vintage Newton cards in our collection so far. An inventory follows the slideshow.
- 1886 Royal Farm Mower
- 1888 Chocolat Poulain
- 1890s Romanet & Cie.
- 1890s Chocolat Guerin-Boutron “Benefactors of Humanity”
- 1897 Suchard “Inventors”
- c1900 Sodex “The Astronomers (Series B) Newton with Hammerfest Column and Pulkovo Observatory
- c1900 Bensdorp Cacao #101 of 104 NEW
- 1900 Player’s Cigarettes “Famous Authors and Poets”
- 1900 Liepig “Inventors II”
- 1901 Ogden’s Guinea Gold #119
- c1901 Aecht Franck “Famous Scholars”
- 1903 Liepig “Monuments to Famous Scientists”
- 1906 Liebig “Astronomers I”
- 1908 Stollwerck Helden (Germany)
- 1912 Chairman Cigarettes #46
- 1923 Nicolas Sarony “Celebrities and Their Autographs” #29 (wide)
- 1923 Nicolas Sarony “Celebrities and Their Autographs” #29 (narrow) NEW
- 1924 Ogden’s Cigarettes “Leaders of Men” #35 of 50
- 1926 Carreras “Old Staffordshire Figures” #5 of 24
- 1933 Figures of World History #89
- c1930 Yramos Dresden #91
- 1932 Chocolat Pupier “L’Angleterre” (with William Shakespeare)
- 1933 Haus Bergmann
- 1934 Typhoo Tea “Homes of Famous Men”
- 1935 Carreras “Celebrities of British History” #17 of 50
- 1936 Godfrey Phillips “Famous Minors” #50 of 50
- 1937 Churchman’s Cigarettes “Howlers” (Gravity) #21
- 1946-1966 Stamina Trousers
- 1950 Carreras “Celebrities of British History” #8
- c1950 Editions Arnaud
- 1952 Topps “Look ‘n See” #68 of 135
- 1960 Honigs Macaroni
- 1965 Jacques Superchocolat
- 1965 Fine Fare Specialty Tea #4 of 25 (Series One) NEW
PART TWO – WISH LIST
This is only a partial list of other Newton cards. Please let me know if you have any additions or corrections, and especially if you are willing to sell/trade any of these cards.
- c1889 Allen & Ginter “World’s Inventors” (with Archimedes, Galileo, Torricelli, and Franklin)
- c1900 (?) Chicoree Extra Daniel Voelcker-Coumes a Bayon “Beautiful Inventions” #145 (The Telescope)
- c1910 Wesenberg and Co. (Russia)
- 1912 Taddy “Autographs” #16
- 1912 Chairman Cigarettes #46 (with gold border)
- c1913 Sodex “Famous Men (Inventors)” – Newton with apples (gravity) – black/white image
- c1913 Chocolat Lombart “Famous Men (Inventors)”- Newton with apples (gravity) – color image
- 1921 Liebig “The Causes of Great Discoveries”
- 1925 Player and Sons “Leaders of Men” #35 of 50
- c1960 (?) Chocolat Coop “Benefactors of Humanity” #29
- 1962 Sunblest Tea “Inventions and Discoveries” #34 (The Telescope)
- 1965 Fine Fare Specialty Tea #34 (Series Two) – The Telescope
PART THREE – BUYING ISAAC NEWTON CARDS
Nearly every card in our collection cost between $1-$8 via eBay. That said, I have seen some Newton cards priced in the $100 range. Because the market is largely inactive, I don’t have a good sense of whether these more expensive cards are significantly more scarce or whether I am simply seeing aberrant pricing from individual sellers. Either way, we are staying away from anything in double or triple digits.
- Great pictures of every Liebig card ever produced are available here, though it’s a little tricky to look for any specific set or person.
- Some of the Newton cards I’ve listed include variations (e.g., regular vs. wide), which I haven’t always listed. One thing I recently learned is that the Liebig cards come in both German, French, and Italian varieties.
- I haven’t shelled out the money, but the London Cigarette Card Company puts out an annual catalog that seems pretty comprehensive.
- A fantastic site dedicated to cards of Ludwig van Beethoven is here.