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Nabisco's Indian Sign Talk 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. It was issued in Canada in 1965. The set is called Indian Sign Talk and it is just a bit dated. What do I mean by that? Well, it was fine for the time but looking at it today has it looking a bit offensive. The box says "Heap Big Fun" and "How! Paleface!" OK, let's try and look past that and check out the set. This relatively hard-to-find set is represented by 15 cards issued in boxes of Shreddies. Each card features four different signs. Two on each side. With their meaning in both English and French. They have artistically drawn color images of how to hold your hands to sign. The cards are unnumbered and have a place to punch a hole on the top side. The hole appears on the upper left and says "Punch Hole Here". On the flip side the hole appears on the upper right and says "Percer Un Trou Ici". The assumption is that you string them together for easier review.

The cards were distributed one-in-a-box for the 12 oz box. The box itself touts how you can begin your collection now.
  • 4 Indian Signs on every card
  • English and French meanings
  • Full colour
  • 15 cards to collect
This looks like a fun set to collect!

I've never seen an album for the cards or a wall chart. There is nothing about either 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.

I again have to thank Terry Gomes for making us aware of this and several other Canadian series. He also provided the scans. We appreciate your help and thank you!



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 15 card set. They are approximatly 4 1/64" x 5 63/64" per card. A nice graphic depicting the signings along with images of Indians and Indian objects on both sides in both English and French.


Do you have a list of the different cards?

Well of course 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.

Indian Sign Talk - Cards Issued

Card Number Front Description Back Description
1 Afraid   No   I See   Ahead  
2 Angry   Danger   I am Hungry   Rich  
3 Buffalo  Deer  Horse  Dog 
4 Crazy  A Wolf  All  Alone 
5 Day   Night   Hide   Secret  
6 Eat  Brother  Chief  Soldier 
7 Friend  Neighbor  Bread  Break 
8 Full  Faith  Right Now  Soon 
9 Good   Bad   Sleep   Tired  
10 How much  Depart  Give  Power 
11 Listen  I Understand  Afternoon  Peace 
12 Move Camp  House  Lost  Rain 
13 One-Two-Three  Alive  Dead 
14 Thank You  Keep It  Quick  Fire 
15 Wait   Come   Above   Below  




What else do we know about the series?

It's Canadian, it's Nabisco, it's 15 cards... What we haven't seen is an album or a wall chart. But we have been lucky to see an original box. 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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Front of box Back of box

Box Front

Box Back

Here is the 12 oz. box on both sides. Perhaps there are other sizes but I have not seen any. The 12 oz. gets one card per box.

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Side of box Bottom of box

Side Panel

Box Bottom

There is no additional info I am aware of but we get a peek at the box side panel and box bottom here.


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

This is a great little set to collect. Yes, there is some dated talk but it was a simpler less enlightened time. The cost of an empty box is insane, $300 or more. I would be happy with a complete set of cards. You can keep the box ;-).


Last modified: May 22, 2021

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