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“Rock And Roll Stars” (Trading Cards, 1959)

 

By Bob Pakes
 
 

Nu Trading Cards (1959) Rock And Roll Stars box 01This article is dedicated to the series of TRADING CARDS put out by a company called NU CARDS in 1959. It includes images of all the 64 Cards that formed this collectible series.
 
– The Cards were sold for $ 0,05 a pack, with three Cards in one pack.
– Unlike most other Trading Cards, this series came in a clear cellophane wrapper.
– Up to and including Card No. 49 (Conway Twitty) all Stars are listed alphabetically, after that it gets messy for some reason.
– With the exception of Nos. 58, 59 and 60, all Cards include a short description of the Star.
– Minor grammatical errors are shown on some of the cards: we have Chuck Perry, Rickey Nelson and Frankie Lyman.
– The series is called Rock And Roll Stars, but to call Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra rock and roll seems a bit farfetched.
 
ELVIS PRESLEY, of course, is also present. He is No. 37, and we have some additional information regarding the photo used in this Trading Card collection.
 
Noticeable is also that the name synonymous with Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley, is ‘only’ listed in sixth place on the Counter Display Box below the names who, by 1959, had become the new faces of popular music: Fabian, Bobby Darin, Frankie Avalon, Pat Boone and Paul Anka. The music scene of young America had sure changed since Elvis was shipped overseas in 1958.

 

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01. Paul Anka
02. Annette (Funicello)
03. Frankie Avalon

 

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04. LaVern Baker
05. The Bell Notes
06. Chuck Berry

 
 
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07. Pat Boone
08. Anita Bryant
09. Edward Byrnes

 

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10. Teresa Brewer
11. Johnny Cash
12. The Chordettes

 

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13. Nat King Cole
14. Perry Como
15. Sam Cooke

 

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16. The Crests
17. James Darren
18. Bobby Darin

 
 
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19. Dion And The Belmonts
20. The Everly Brothers
21. Duane Eddy

 
 
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22. Fabian
23. The Flamingos
24. The Fleetwoods

 
 
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25. The Four Lads
26. Connie Francis
27. The Impalas

 
 
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28. Joni James
29. Steve Lawrence
30. Peggy Lee

 

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31. Dean Martin
32. Johnny Mathis
33. The McGuire Sisters

 
 
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34. Johnny Nash
35. Ricky Nelson
36. Patti Page

 

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37. The Boy From Tupelo
38. Lloyd Price
39. Louis Prima

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The image used for the Elvis-card in this series was taken during the photoshoot for Jailhouse Rock in 1957.
Below we can see more photos from the same day.
 
The same image was also used by RCA Japan in the 50s for three of their Elvis 45/78 releases. These three singles were released with different colored picture sleeves (blue, red, brown, yellow, etc.). The blue sleeve shown below is only one example of these many color-variations.
 
And next to the Japanese single we see a movieprop from Jailhouse Rock. The photo used on this rare Vince Everett single came from the same photoshoot.
 
(Click images for an enlargment!)

 
 
 

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S-321 (Japan) Jailhouse Rock prop Treat Me Nice

 
 
 

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40. Santo & Johnny
41. Jack Scott
42. Frank Sinatra

 

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43. Skip & Flip
44. The Skyliners
45. Keely Smith

 

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46. Connie Stevens
47. The Tassels
48. The Tempos

 

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49. Conway Twitty
50. Fats Domino
51. Sarah Vaughan

 

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52. Dinah Washington
53. Andy Williams
54. The Platters

 
 
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55. The Kingston Trio
56. Dave (Baby) Cortez
57. Billy And Lillie

 

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58. Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers
59. Tommy Sands
60. Jimmy Clanton

 
 
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61. The Mystics
62. Ray Charles
63. Ruth Brown

 
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64. Dee Clark

 
 
 

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Golden Boys 1 ELVIS 1956If you are interested in vintage Trading Cards, please check out these two informative articles by SETH KAMINSKY dealing with ELVIS PRESLEY Bubblegum Cards:
 
‘THE STORY OF THE 1956 ELVIS BUBBLEGUM CARD SET’
can be found HERE!
 
‘ELVIS IN OTHER 1950′s AND 60′s CARD SETS’
can be found
HERE!

 
 
 

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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Pink&Black #

    What a wonderful collection. Reading the remarks below the pictures is fun too. ‘has a high school education’ is what they come up with for Elvis:)

    December 26, 2015
  2. The bonus pix of Vince are by far the best in this topic …!

    December 27, 2015
  3. r&b #

    Love all the old trading cards. They remain high on the collector scale.

    February 27, 2016

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