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Published May 22, 2024 Updated May 22, 2024

Kojak bubble gum cards

Bubble gum cards featuring stills – mainly of Telly Savalas – from the cult TV series Kojak.

1978 Netherlands Monty Gum Television Add to Collection

Telly Savalas (1922-1994) will for ever be associated with the role of the TV detective Kojak. He is featured in almost all of the stills from the series included in this set of bubble gum cards. Apart from the Jokers, the designs are all double-ended. The indices on the court cards are unusual: K for King, D, Q and V for Queen (i.e., in French, English and Dutch), and J and B for Jack (English and Dutch only). The back design is in black on grey which suggests a date of 1978 for this set, there being an earlier set with red backs (1976).

Kojak bubble gum cards published by Monty Gum, Leiden, the Netherlands, 1978 Kojak bubble gum cards published by Monty Gum, Leiden, the Netherlands, 1978 Kojak bubble gum cards published by Monty Gum, Leiden, the Netherlands, 1978 Kojak bubble gum cards published by Monty Gum, Leiden, the Netherlands, 1978 Kojak bubble gum cards published by Monty Gum, Leiden, the Netherlands, 1978 Kojak bubble gum cards published by Monty Gum, Leiden, the Netherlands, 1978

Above: Kojak bubble gum cards published by Monty Gum, Leiden, the Netherlands, 1978. 52 cards + 4 Jokers. Size: 48 x 78 mm.

The name Monty is a reference to Field Marshal Montgomery (“Monty”), the business having been started shortly after the end of World War II.

Reference

Kojak kaartspel , Potpourri , 1978

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