GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 7835
This is Sanke Card Nr 450 of Manfred von Richthofen. This card is notable for two reasons. It is the first Sanke card of the “Red Baron.” It is also the only pose of him in full dress uniform. The uniform is complete with his Prussian pilot badge and 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. Above that we see a four place medal bar with his Knights Cross Class of the Hohenzollern House Order with Swords. At his neck is the Orden Pour le Mérite.
This card is in MINT condition and has never been mailed. As this is the earliest card of von Richthofen many have signs of silver oxidation. This does not. If you want the best, this is it!
Sanke cards grew out of the early medium of postcards and are now an invaluable documentation of German flyers who, for a short time in aviation history, were at the top of their profession.