WS-Verlag Wanne-Eickel

Issuing Company:
Country of Issue: Germany
Year of Issue: around 1960-1962
Color/B&W: Color
Number of Cards in Set: 196 (97 black and white, 99 color)
Card Size:
Issued as insert with what product:

Notes: Unnumbered. These cards all have a notation of WS-Verlag Wanne-Eickel in the lower left part of the back of the cards.

This was a series of unnumbered cards covering popular TV series of the time, with cards both in color and black & white. No albums were issued. This list covers the individual TV series, the number of cards issued, and whether they are in color or black & white. Note that other WS Verlag series, such as those on panoramic views, types of fish and the space program, are not listed. The checklist is complete.

German collector Nick Bolton notes: This publisher came under the umbrella of "Bilder und Werbedienst" (Card and Advertising Service), which was THE dominant force in cards in bags from the early 50s through to the 1960s, and was a massive influence on the powerhouses to come, such as Heinerle, Americana, Sicker and of course Panini. The various series were probably issued between 1960 and 1962, and covers popular TV series of the time (plus Tarzan with Gordon Scott). I did a fair amount of research on this one, and the checklist is accepted as being complete. With the exception of just 3 cards I am complete, and other collectors have confirmed this list, with no new additions for a while.

Date info: Based on the date date in the checklist below, these cards were issued in the early 1960s, probably 1960-62.

Thanks to Nick Bolton for help with this checklist.

Alarm fur Dora X - 25 cards (black & white) (German TV series from 1962)

Alarm im Hafen - 2 cards (black & white) ("Harbor Command". US TV series from 1957-58, first shown in Germany in 1960)

Am Fusse der blauen Berge - 18 cards (color) ("Laramie". US TV series from 1959-63, first shown in Germany in 1959)

Der Schatz der 13 Hauser - 5 cards (black & white) ("Le tresor des 13 Maisons". French TV series from 1961) (Translation: "The Treasure of the 13 Houses")

Die Geschichte einer Farmersfamilie - 5 cards (color) ("National Velvet". US TV series from 1960-62)

Die Kinder von Bullerbu - 8 cards (color) ("Alla vi barn I Bullerbyn". Swedish TV series in 13 episodes from 1960) (Translation: "The Children of Bullerbyn")

Fury - 5 cards (1 in color and 4 in black & white) (US TV series from 1955-60, with 114 episodes. First shown in Germany in 1958)

Isar 12 - 55 cards (13 in color and 42 in black & white) (German TV series from 1960-63, in 35 episodes)

Lassie - 18 cards (8 in color and 10 in black & white) (US TV series from 1954-73, with 591 episodes and 19 seasons. First shown on German TV in 1958)

Maverick - 5 cards (color) (US TV series from 1957-62, in 124 episodes. First shown in Germany in 1961)

Perry Mason - 3 cards (color) (US TV series from 1957-66 in 271 episodes spread over 9 series. First shown in Germany in 1959)

Rin-Tin-Tin - 12 cards (6 in color, 6 in black & white) ("The Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin". US TV series from 1954-59 in 164 episodes. First shown in Germany in 1956, and has the distinction of being the first ever US TV series shown on German television)

Ivanhoe - 21 cards (color) (British TV series with Roger Moore from 1958-59 in 35 episodes. First shown in Germany in 1962)

77 Sunset Strip - 1 card (color) (US TV series from 1958-64 in 206 episodes over 6 seasons. First shown in Germany in 1960)

Spin und Marty - 4 cards (color) ("Spin and Marty". US TV series from 1955 in 13 episodes. First shown in Germany in 1962)

Tarzan - 3 cards (black & white) ("Tarzan and the Lost Safari" with Gordon Scott. US movie from 1957)

The Cartwrights - 1 card (color) ("Bonanza". US TV series from 1959-73 in 431 episodes spread over 14 seasons. First shown in Germany in 1962)

Wyatt Earp - 4 cards (color) ("The Life and Times of Wyatt Earp". US TV series from 1955-61 in 225 episodes spread over 6 seasons. First shown in Germany in 1960)

Zwei junge Detektive - 2 cards (color) ("Bastoche et Charles-Auguste". French TV series from 1960) (Translation "Two Young Detectives")

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