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1951 Bowman Jets, Rockets and Spacemen

"Jets" and "Rocket" Cards Only

The Jets Rockets and Spacemen story unfolds in the tradition of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers of the 1930's. Captain Zara and Doctor Zara explore the planets of outer space, fighting battles against the creatures of the solar system.  The set consists of 108 cards, released in three series of 36 cards each.  The cards are in a horizontal format and measure 2-1/16 x 3-1/8.  The American Card Catalog number for this set is R 701-19.  Six cards in the first series and three cards in the third series depict "modern" jet planes of the day.  The only cards I am interested in are these nine Jets of Jets Rockets and Spacemen set. The card pictured above shows the Air Force's F-88A, Voodoo (top) and the Navy's XF3H-1, Demon.

In 1980, artwork for another series of cards was discovered.  1981 saw a Jets Rockets and Spacemen extension set produced.  These cards are numbered 145-180, the last series of the set, and, like the original 108 cards, are printed on gray cardboard stock.  Artwork for the 4th series (numbers 109-144) has never been found.  The backs of the extension set contain the notice "© James E. Trever, Paul Koch, G.C.S.".

In 1985, the Fantasy Trade Card Company reprinted the original 108 cards.  These FTCC reprint cards are still available today in sets, unopened boxes[1] and uncut sheets.  These cards are produced on white cardboard stock.  On the card backs, the notice "Reprinted 1985 WTW Productions" can be found.

  • This is a list of the 12 Jets and Rocket cards in the set.
  • Killer JRS screensavers, created by Lowell Moorhead can be downloaded by clicking here.
  • The full set, fronts and backs, put together by Dan Calandriello, can be seen on the Network54 non-sports forum.
No.
Don't Have
Need Better
Extension Set
Card Title
Manufacturer
Nickname
Designation
34
 
 
Cutlass
Chance-Vought
Cutlass
F7U-1
35
 
 
 
Futuristic Fighter
Convair
 
XF-92A
36
 
 
Matador
Martin
Matador
YB-61
37
 
 
Panther
Grumman
Panther
F9F
38
 
 
Scorpion
Northrop
Scorpion
F-89
39
 
 
Flying Giant
Lockheed
Penetrator
XF-90
106
 
 
 
Avro 707
Avro
Delta-Wing
707A
107
 
 
 
Voodoo and Demon
McDonnell Douglas
Voodoo
XF-88A
107
 
 
 
Voodoo and Demon
McDonnell
Demon
XF3H-1
108
 
 
Thunderjet
Republic
Thunderjet
F-84
178
 
 
X-1 Rocket Plane
Bell
 
X-1A
179
 
 
F-86 Sabre
North American
Sabre Jet
F-86
180
 
 
B-45 Tornado
North American
Tornado
B-45

Northrop F-89 "Scorpion"[2]
XF-88A "Voodoo" and XF3H-1 "Demon"
North American F-86 "Sabre"

Jets, Rockets, Spacemen 1¢ Pack
Jets, Rockets, Spacemen 1¢ Wrapper
1951 Pack Graded by GAI

#108 - Republic "Thunderjet" - Graded by PSA
[1]1986 FTC Box
1986 FTC Pack


[2] On November 23, 1953 a Scorpion scrambled from Kinross AFB in Michigan to intercept a radar-detected, high speed, unknown aircraft. The blips merged, the Scorpion vanished and the UFO went off the screen. Despite an intensive search, no trace of the F-89 or its two-man crew were ever found.


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