In 1969, football fans in the Cincinnati area could receive a set of free football cards featuring the hometown Bengals that were being given away at Tresler Comet gas stations. This 20-card set had an orange and brown sepia appearance, with a facsimile autograph, and was printed on a thin card stock. The cards measured the standard 2.5″ x 3.5″.
The card backs contain various biographical and statistical information, as well as a Tresler Comet logo, and a sketch of a bengal tiger running with a football. There is a note to “Hear all the Bengals games on WLW radio, sponsored by Tresler Comet.” The bottom of the card backs features an offer to “get the complete set of Bengal’s football cards FREE at your TC dealers.” There is one error in the set. The Charlie King card is mistakenly spelled “Charley” on the back.
This unnumbered set consists of 20 cards, though four cards were short-printed, and are considerably more difficult to find than the rest. The short-printed cards are Howard Fest, Harry Gunner, Bob Johnson and Warren McVea. The full checklist is as follows: