Saturday, 10 May 2014

Bernard Kleckner - Kleckner Cab Cards


Kleckner Cab Cards
Bernard Kleckner
22 cards (1 Football)

Bernard Kleckner of New York created these cards by colourizing old black & white photos using coloured chalk. He typed the backs on a typewriter. This gives them a crude 'home made' appearance. They are, however, well-written and researched. The cards were printed on glossy card stock at Solomon Printing. Only 400 of each was printed. Cards with Bernie Kleckner’s NYC Taxi Medallion number (2M25) are worth slightly more, as they were created during his tenure as a cab driver (1981-91) and are harder to find.  Kleckner usually gave a free card to his passengers in order to encourage repeat business, thus they are also called 'cab cards'. 

1905 Ty Cobb (Detriot Tigers)

1910 Shoeless Joe Jackson (New Orleans Pelicans)
1920 Jim Thorpe (Canton)
1925 Jack Dempsey (Boxing)
1928 Casey Stengel (Toledo Mudhens)
1930 Babe Ruth (New York Yankees)
1930 Bobby Jones (Golf)
1931 Nick Cullop (Minneapolis Millers)
1947 Jackie Robinson (Brooklyn Dodgers)
1950 Mickey Mantle (Joplin Miners)
1951 Larry Evans (Chess)
1961 Fran Tarkenton (Minnesota Vikings)
1961 Roger Maris (New York Yankees)
1962 Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia Warriors)
1962 Marvelous Marv Throneberry (New York Mets)
1966 Jim Brown (Cleveland Browns)
1969 Joe Namath (New York Jets)
1972 Joe Frazier (Boxing)
1977 Rickey Henderson (Athletics)
1977 Pele (New York Cosmos)
1979 Muhammad Ali (Boxing)
1983 Andre The Giant (Wrestling)


  1. I have a Babe Ruth 1930 Kleckner Cab Card in very good condition.
    How do I determine if it is original or a reprint?

    1. If it's an original version it will have his cab number printed on the reverse, as shown in the image above.

    2. So are they simply not multicards? Not worth more than about five bucks?

  2. Are these considered novelty cards then? Not worth more than a few dollars?

    1. Thhere seem to be copies for sale on eBay but the original cards are quite valuable.

  3. I have a q? What can any body tell me about the joe n1969 card ? I can seem to find anything on it besides that it's in the set .


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