Film Sterne and Ross Verlag were part of the same series of cards, so the Ross Verlag numbering continued on from where Film Sterne ended. What can make it difficult to follow is that the portrait and film scene cards were seen as two separate series in the beginning.
The Film Sterne film scene cards began at #500 and continued on until #568, and then the Ross Verlag name took on from there with the film scene cards until #700. Then the Ross film scene cards basically took over at the beginning of the numbering #1 and ran until #200. After that, film scene cards would just appear among the regular portrait series cards with no set numbers set aside for them.
The Film Sterne portrait cards started at #61 and continued until #225, when the Ross Verlag name took over. These Ross portrait cards ran until #600. And then at #700 the Ross portrait cards began again and continued for the remainder of the series.
So the Film Sterne and Ross Verlag numbering occasionally overlapped on the different portrait and film scene series. In fact, some of the Ross Verlag film scene and portrait cards had the same number.
Some of the lower numbers of the Ross Verlag cards up to about #25 are really confusing. Some of the numbers have both an early film scene card and a later (pre-yellow card stock) portrait card. Also, some of the cards that I and others have discovered with lower numbers may have been part of a separate series (for example #15, the Zeppelin card). It is difficult to say.
I have not yet heard of anyone coming across card #1. The early numbers may not even exist.
This is the general order of the publishing, with some overlapping:
Here is the approximate dating of the Ross cards by series numbers:
A 1000-A 2000 1937-1938
A 2000-A 3000 1939-1940
A 3000-A 4096 1941-1944
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