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Nabisco's Airliners of the World

Nabisco's Airliners of the World Collector Cards

In the tea card collecting community in Canada and the US, this set of Nabisco cards never shows up mixed in with Red Rose tea cards. Why? because they are a lot bigger and would stand out like a sore thumb. They are an unusual and fun to collect set. Come on, who doesn't love collecting cards with airplanes on them? The set was issued in Canada around 1971. The series is called Airliners of the World. It offers all forms of big aircraft telling you where they come from, how they are used and more facts. And at the bottom is a stat area telling you the following:

  • Length
  • Wing Span
  • Height
  • Capacity
  • Power Plant
  • Cruising Speed
  • Cruising Altitude
  • Range
This relatively hard-to-find set is represented by 25 cards issued in boxes of Shreddies. Each card features an airplane from different manufacturers, along with the facts as listed above. The writeups are in both English and French. They have realisticly drawn color representations. The cards are numbered on the back in the upper right corner.

The cards were distributed one-in-a-box and the box offers a wall chart for fifty cents and two box tops. There is an impression of the wall chart on the back of the box. The wall chart holds all 25 cards and as all good wall charts, it has extra cool info.

I've never seen an album for the cards, just the wall chart. There is nothing about albums on the box or cards.

The overall print runs were smaller, just because of the lower population in Canada. Because of this the majority of all Canadian non sports cards are harder to come by.

What do the cards look like?

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Front Side Back Side

Front Side

Back Side

Here is a card that represent the 25 card set. They are approximatly 2 3/16" x 3 3/8" per card. On the face side is a nice graphic depicting the airplane in question in great detail and on the other side, a detailed discussion of the stats of the plane. It is described in English and French.

Do you have a list of the different cards?

Why yes we do! Feel free to click the top and sort the list any way you want. If you see a link then there is a picture to view.

Airliners of the World - Cards Issued

Card Number Manufacturer Airplane
1 British Aircraft Corporation   Super VC 10  
2 Fokker   F-27 Friendship
3 Boeing  SST 
4 Douglas   DC-8
5 Ilyushin   IL-62
6 Douglas   DC-9
7 Vickers   Viscount  
8 Boeing   727 Trijet  
9 Hawker Siddeley   Trident  
10 Tupolev   TU-104
11 Boeing   737
12 British Aircraft Corporation / SUD Aviation   Concorde  
13 Lockheed  500
14 Canadair   400  
15 Hawker Siddeley   Comet  
16 Sud Aviation   Caravelle  
17 Boeing   707  
18 British Aircraft Corporation   One-Eleven  
19 Tupolev   TU-114  
20 Douglas  DC-8 Super 61
21 Convair   990  
22 Boeing   747  
23 Tupolev   TU-134  
24 Vickers   Vanguard  
25 Tupolev   TU-144  

What else do we know about the series?

It's Canadian, it's Nabisco, it's 25 cards... What we haven't seen is an album. But we have been lucky to see an original box. And on the box is a way to get a wall chart. Here is a box from back in the day. Who knew they would survive all these years later. Not me! But I sure am glad they do still exist.

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box front box back

Box Front

Box Back

Here is a box, front and back views. We notice first off, on both sides that our little boy with the triangle hat is still working for Nabisco. Heck, he's flying the plane! On the front (side panel) we can see how to order the wall chart. Fifty cents, two Shreddies box tops and a coupon found on the side panel would get you a 24" x 36" chart to hold all twenty-five cards. You also get to see on the back what the wall chart looks like.

Wall Chart

Wall Chart from the Box

It's a classic wall chart. All 25 cards can be posted to it and there are all kinds of additional cool facts and drawings in the centerof the chart.

I bet there are some nice magazine ads about the cards. If you ever run across an ad showing the Airplanes series, please let me know and we'll put the ad up on this page.

This is a great set to collect. It is challenging enough to get the 25 cards. Empty boxes are crazy expensive. I have never seen a wall chart up for auction. A complete set seems like a great goal.

Last modified: June 27, 2021

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