Foreign Legion

Foreign Legion The Foreign Legion card set was released by W.S. Corp. in 1939. There are 48 cards in the set, each measuring 1-5/16" by 2-3/4".

Each piece of this crudely drawn series is a 'strip card,' printed in strips of 2 or more and then perforated and separated into individual cards. Like other strip cards, it is of prewar vintage and widely sought by collectors.

The card fronts feature color artwork, with a blue border at the top and red at the bottom, with the card number in a white circle at the lower right. The title of the set is contained within the top border, the card caption in the bottom, with the copyright line superimposed over the image.

The card backs reprint the set name and card number, followed by the card caption and a large block of text describing the action. The copyright line lies at the bottom.

Note the similarities between this set and others such as Army-Navy-Air Corps. While it is a given that they were created by the same company, it's interesting that W.S. Corp. may have continued a single numbering system throughout all of their cards. The Foreign Legion cards are numbered 325 thru 372; the ANAC cards are numbered 601 to 648. There are other known card sets by this company, but all numbers may not be accounted for. It would behoove hardcore collectors to try to fill in the gaps in the numbering system.

The American Card Catalog number for this set is R54.

Value: Individual cards in this set, in Excellent condition, are worth approximately $5.00 to $10.00 each. Note: condition allows for strip cards having perforated edges on one or more sides; some professional card grading companies allow for this and may return a card if trimming is suspected. A full set of Foreign Legion may cost between $250.00 and $500.00.