Even before World War II, young boys were fascinated by the mighty weapons of the world's military forces. Battleships, which represented probably the most obvious projection of military power at that time with their huge guns, were objects of particular interest.
Battleship Gum card fronts showed a color portrait of a ship, surrounded by a thin blue border, then a thicker white one around the card's edge. The name of the ship and the card number were superimposed over the image in red.
The card backs gave the card number again at the upper left, then the name of the ship and its type, then a block of text about it. At the bottom was the title of the card set and the name of the issuing company.
Two cards out of the 50 actually depict naval aircraft.
The American Card Catalog number for this set is R20.
Value: Given its extreme age and military subject matter, this card set commands a fairly decent price. Individual cards in Excellent condition can go for anywhere between $10.00 and $20.00, with a full set commanding $500.00 to $1,000.00.