A Brief History of Baseball Cards
Return to the Beginner’s Guide A Brief Overview of the History of Baseball Cards The earliest days are as follows: (1840s-1867) Baseball experienced a period of rapid growth before to and immediately following the American Civil War. During this era, the sport became immensely popular throughout the country. A form of baseball-themed picture card was created in the early days, prior to the invention of contemporary printing technology. ‘Carte de viste’ was the name given to this image card since it was intended for use in a cabinet.
Cabinet cards are a huge version of this card, because it was intended to be placed in a cabinet when it was first released.
These cards occasionally included images of well-known athletes and teams.
The motif of baseball appears in some family photographs, with young boys dressed in uniforms or holding a baseball bat and ball.
- Modern playing cards, which were employed for commercial purposes before the invention of the card, were designed to be little more than mementoes.
- The First Commercial Cards were issued in the early 1900s.
- On one side, a prominent baseball club was shown, and on the other, the commercial was displayed.
- These promotional cards are referred to as ‘trade cards.’ A trade card is an advertising card that is given away rather than being sold with a product as a promotional item.
- During the 1870s to the 1890s, trade cards were a prominent type of marketing communication for businesses.
- A wide variety of themes were featured on trade cards, including presidents, animals, and comic books.
- The practice of collecting trade cards and gluing them into scrapbooks has become one of the most popular pastimes in the United States.
Some collectors nowadays are interested in acquiring antique trade cards, which is becoming increasingly popular.
This period generated a large number of visually appealing cards that are currently in high demand among card collectors.
With fresh instances being discovered every day, there were well over 2,000 distinct cards in this particular edition.
AllenGinter, BuchnerCo, and MayoCo., as well as Kimball, all manufactured high-quality cards that were put with their tobacco packages as a marketing tool.
Hess, and Four Base Hits, are extremely uncommon and costly, costing hundreds of dollars or more.
As a bonus, certain huge cabinet cards were available for purchase.
When you had a sufficient number of coupons, you may exchange them for a huge gift card.
The Lull of the Night By the late 1890s, several of these tobacco firms had merged to become the American Tobacco Company, which was the largest of them all at the time.
From this time until the beginning of the twentieth century, very few baseball cards were produced.
T205 from 1911 Addie Jossand was born in 1909-11 and raised in T206 Rube Wadell.
As a result of the division of this organization into smaller independent enterprises, playing cards became a viable method of promoting tobacco goods once more.
Companies such as tobacco and confectionery manufacturers created some of the most beautiful, unique, and costly greeting cards in history.
This collection contains the T206 Honus Wagner, who is widely regarded as the uncontested king of baseball cards.
There are only around 50 of these cards in existence, and a card in great condition would fetch more than $500,000 on the secondary market.
There are a myriad of additional kinds of playing cards available.
Many collectors have chosen to focus their efforts on this time period, and they have found more than enough cards to keep them occupied.
Ty Cobb’s ‘Strip Card’ from the World Series in 1921 marked the end of the Golden Age.
Candy and gum cards, on the other hand, made up for lost time.
There are also’strip cards,’ which are strips of cards that are joined by perforated lines, allowing the cards to be removed.
The Golden Age is a period of time in which a person has reached the age of fifty-one.
The Goudey Gum firm of Boston developed another immensely popular age of playing cards in the 1930s, this time during the Great Depression.
They depict all of the luminaries of the era, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Jimmie Foxx, in vibrant artwork.
The Play Ball cards were manufactured by Gum Inc.
Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio are among the most well-known players to appear on these cards.
From 1941 through 1947, only a small number of baseball cards were produced, and those that were produced were often of lower quality.
Baseball Rookie Card honoring Jackie Robinson (RC) It wasn’t until 1948 that Bowman Gum, a descendent of the company that created the Play Ball cards, released its first baseball issue.
Bowman’s business cards were offered with a stick of bubble gum.
This year’s edition is particularly appealing, as it features Rookie Cards (first-year cards) of baseball legends Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, as well as other notable players.
These Leafs are pretty unsightly, yet they include a large number of’short prints’ (cards rarer than the other cards in the issue).
The Topps Dynasty is a family of baseball card collectors.
The first major issue, which came out in 1952, is widely recognized as one of the best comic book collections of all time.
Topps311 Mickey Mantle, issued in 1952, is the most most sought-after and costly baseball card of the post-war era.
For decades, Topps was the undisputed leader in the baseball card market.
From 1952 until 1981, Topps released a big quantity of trading cards that were distributed in packs of gum.
Topps was well-known for its ‘test-issues,’ which were released in addition to their regular cards.
The appeal of these test-issues varies depending on who is collecting them now.
1968 The Topps 3D Test-Issue of Maury Wills features a 3D version of Maury Wills.
The Fleer cards from 1963 (which were sold with a cherry cookie) and the Leaf cards from 1960 (which were offered with a marble) were both short-lived ventures.
This type of ball is referred to as a “Odd Ball” for a variety of reasons, including the fact that they were unusually designed or distributed.
Some card collectors specialize in these out-of-the-ordinary cards.
Topps had a near monopoly on the sale of baseball cards for a long period of time.
Baseball cards were first created by Fleer and Donruss in 1981.
If you go to a card store today, you will be able to purchase one of the many different sorts of cards that are available in packs.
In reality, a firm such as Topps, Fleer, or Score will have a large number of distinct brands of cards from which to pick. Even choosing which box to purchase might be a time-consuming process.
An Abridged History of Baseball Cards and How They Evolved into Collector’s Items
Return to the Beginners’ Guide page. Baseball Cards Have a Brief Historical Background Early Days: The very first days of the year (1840s-1867) Baseball grew in popularity in the United States during the years leading up to and immediately following the American Civil War (1860-1865). An early version of a baseball-themed picture card was created before the invention of modern printing techniques. ‘Carte de viste’ was the name given to this picture card because it was meant to be kept in a cabinet.
- Because it was intended to be displayed in a cabinet, a large version of this card is known as a cabinet card.
- These cards could also depict amateur, community, and youth teams.
- Cabinet cards and cartes de viste with themes other than baseball can be found in large numbers.
- Even though cabinet cards continued to be used into the twentieth century, these early cards are extremely difficult to come by and extremely valuable.
- When baseball cards were first printed in the late 1860s, they were used as advertisements for a sporting goods company called Peck and Snyder.
- Due to the fact that these cards were printed in large quantities (at least for those days) and were used for commercial purposes, they are regarded as the originators of modern baseball card design.
- When a trade card is given away rather than sold with a product, it is referred to as a promotional card.
The use of trade cards for advertising was extremely popular from the 1870s to the 1890s.
In addition to presidents, animals, and comic books were featured on trade cards.
One of the most popular hobbies in the country has become the practice of collecting trade cards and pasting them into scrapbooks.
A growing number of collectors are becoming interested in old trade cards.
During this time period, many visually appealing cards were produced, which are still in high demand among card collectors today.
In addition to serving as a’stiffener’ for their cigarette packs, GoodwinCo.
With new examples being discovered every day, there were well over 2,000 different cards in this issue!
AllenGinter, BuchnerCo, and MayoCo., as well as Kimball, all manufactured high-quality cards that were put within their tobacco packages as a marketing strategy.
Hess, and Four Base Hits, are extremely uncommon and costly, costing hundreds of dollars or more each.
As a bonus, certain huge cabinet cards were available.
As soon as you had a sufficient number of coupons, you could exchange them for a huge gift card.
A Moment of Reflection By the late 1890s, several of these tobacco firms had merged to become the American Tobacco Company, which was a single entity.
Baseball cards were scarce throughout this period and into the early twentieth century.
T205 from 1911.
To break up the American Tobacco Company’s monopoly on tobacco, the United States government successfully sued in the early 1900s.
In the world of baseball cards, many consider the years 1909 through 1915 to be the “Golden Age.” Companies such as tobacco and confectionery manufacturers created some of the most beautiful, unique, and costly greeting cards ever created.
In this collection comes the T206 Honus Wagner, who is unquestionably the greatest player in baseball history.
These cards are very rare, with just approximately 50 known to exist, and a card in top condition would fetch more than $500,000.
Besides playing cards, there are many additional options.
Numerous card collectors have chosen to focus their efforts on this time period, and they have found more than enough material to keep them occupied.
The End of the Golden Age1921 W555 ‘Strip Card’ of Ty Cobb, courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Baseball cards featuring tobacco were no longer available when the United States entered World War I.
Many caramel firms offered these ‘E’ (or early gum and candy) cards to customers.
They are less expensive than the previous tobacco cards, but they are not nearly as beautiful as the earlier tobacco cards.
1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig’s baseball career was cut short by illness.
The Goudey cards, particularly those from the years 1933, 1934, and 1938, are among the most widely distributed trading cards ever made.
There were a number of other gum firms that developed popular cards, such as the 1934 Batter Up die cards manufactured by the National Chicle Company and the 1933 Delong gum cards produced by the Delong Gum Company.
between 1939 and 1941.
Because of the United States’ participation in World War II, paper became scarce in 1941, bringing this era to a close.
The Twenty-First Century Leaf from 1949.
These little black-and-white cards, while not particularly attractive, were the precursors of the modern-day baseball card market.
In the course of time, Bowman’s cards gain in popularity and become more desirable.
Leaf manufactured a set that is still in production today, between 1948 and 1949.
In addition, you’ll find an extremely rare Satchel Paige rookie card (from his first year as a pro).
Topps Chewing Gum Company, based in New York City, became a part of the mix in the early 1950’s.
Collectibles today prize the huge, vibrantly colored cards that were formerly commonplace.
Bowman Gum was purchased by Topps in 1956 for $1.25 million.
For the most part, the history of baseball cards from 1956 to 1980 can be traced back to Topps and their products.
TOPPS Cards were responsible for the majority of significant cards of the era’s notable players.
Dies include die-cuts, stamps, tattoos, buttons, coins, posters, 3-D cards, and other novelty items that are used to test the market and are only produced once.
The Topps Company has created cards for a variety of other businesses, including Hostess and Kellogg.
Aside from the Fleer cards (which were offered with a cherry cookie in 1963) and the Leaf cards (which were sold with a marble in 1960), both of these companies were short-lived ventures.
As a result of their odd design and distribution, these are commonly referred to as “Odd Balls.” Crane’s Potato Chip Discs from 1976, Armour Hot Dog Coins from 1950, and a Kahns Meat’s card from 1950 are just a few of the oddballs in this collection.
Forms a throng Topps maintained a near monopoly on the sale of baseball cards for a long period.
1981 saw the debut of baseball trading cards from Fleer and Donruss.
If you go to a card store nowadays, you will be able to purchase a variety of different sorts of cards that are offered in packs of different sizes.
As a matter of fact, several various brands of cards will be available from companies such as Topps, Fleer, and Score. Even choosing which box to purchase might be a time-consuming endeavor.
Why Baseball Cards Are Now Worth (Nearly) Nothing
My childhood baseball card collection is stored in a large, white cardboard container in a garage about three thousand miles away from where I’m writing this. The container is packed with hundreds of cardboard rectangles, all of which were baseball cards I collected as a youngster. The contents of that container aren’t something I think about very frequently these days, but somewhere in the back of my mind there’s a juvenile but yet sincerely held belief that I’ll be able to sell the contents of that box for a modest fortune decades from now.
- Certainly, individual cards carried personal significance for me, but I had been conditioned to see the value of my collection in monetary terms since childhood.
- Baseball cards were placed in packs of cigarettes in the late 1880s as a marketing ploy to attract customers.
- Sy Berger was the catalyst for a chain of historical events that resulted in the existence of this cardboard box, which is one of countless similar boxes in countless garages.
- The first baseball cards were distributed several years before Berger’s birth, and they were intended for adults rather than children.
- The images were originally printed on paper and were 2.75 inches tall.
- Despite this, children snatched up the cards that their parents had thrown away and formed their own collections.
- It had reversed by the time Sy Berger introduced Topps’ revised series in 1952: at that time, it was the sweets that were included in a pack of cards, rather than the other way around.
Berger’s were larger, featuring player biographies and more bright colors than the others.
Topps purchased Bowman, the company that was the closest competitor to Berger’s new series four years after it was debuted.
Around 1910, the American Tobacco Company began manufacturing cigarettes (Library of Congress) It was already a strong culture of card-collecting among American boys (girls were rarely welcomed) at that time, and Topps simply helped to strengthen it.
In his 2010 book, Mint Condition: How Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession, the author Dave Jamieson offered a well-researched overview of this time in baseball card history.
Despite the fact that there were many devoted and knowledgeable collectors, prices fluctuated widely and arbitrage possibilities were plentiful.
The widespread misconception regarding pricing was noted by James Beckett III, a statistics professor who had happy recollections of collecting Berger’s early Topps cards when he was a kid.
Following the publication of Beckett’s first handbook, the sector did experience a modest improvement, but only marginally.
The Wall Street Journal described them as “nostalgia futures,” noting that, while they were still dangerous, they had not lost value in the same way that other valuable “inflation hedges,” such as artifacts from wars and natural disasters, did.
A large portion of the public’s confidence in baseball cards as an asset turned out to be unfounded.
The high value of well-preserved cards showcasing famous players was predicated on their scarcity, so when each youngster who encountered them quickly understood to maintain them in pristine condition, the supply of such cards increased.
According to one estimate, sales of new cards decreased from $1.5 billion in 1992 to $200 million in 2008, a 35% decrease.
Having said that, there was a means to keep its worth alive: A good grade from a “grading service,” which can check one’s collection of cards for a cost of around $15 per card, can significantly enhance the price of a card.
It was valued at $800 because it received an excellent grade.
For example, of the more than 10,000 Derek Jeter rookie cards submitted to one grading service, only 126 have gotten a highly sought-after 9.5 rating, which is the highest possible.
“Those cards were never in a position to become rare,” says the author.
“Even as a child of ten, I was acutely aware of the fact that baseball cards were a valuable commodity.” The passion eventually shifted from assembling my favorite players and teams to acquiring what Beckett Monthlytold me were the most desirable cards,” Jamieson explained.
The collector’s urge is not entirely explained by money, despite the fact that it is a component of the calculus.
When writing about the origins of modern collecting, McKinley, who himself has a world-record-breaking collection of talking clocks, noted that it can be traced back to the 1700s, when wealthy Europeans would travel to far-flung lands and catalog whatever exotic fossilized remains, seashells, animals, and artworks they came across.
These are all completely logical reasons for why things are the way they are.
However, after understanding more about the history of baseball cards, I believe there is another reason why collectors exist: there are certain people whose companies rely on their efforts to keep the hobby alive.
The Early History Of Baseball Cards
Nineteenth-Century American Literature Baseball and photography were both seeing a resurgence in popularity in the United States at the middle of the nineteenth century. Baseball teams were compelled to begin taking individual and group photographs of its members as a result of this. It is possible that some of these photographs were produced on smaller cards, similar to the size of modern-day wallet photos. Baseball was elevated to the status of a professional sport in the late 1860s, and trading cards with photographs of players and teams began to emerge.
Peck and Snyder, a sports goods business in New York, began producing trading cards depicting teams when the store opened its doors.
Peck and Snyder’s baseball cards are generally referred to as the “first baseball cards” since they were among the first to be made.
Baseball cards become more appealing as a result of the introduction of color printing technology.
Some baseball cards were manufactured as playing cards, either for traditional card games or for simulations of baseball games, and they were known as “baseball cards.” By 1886, baseball cards were frequently seen in cigarette packets, both for promotional purposes and to preserve the smokes themselves.
- During the first decade of the twentieth century The bulk of the cards were manufactured by confectionery and tobacco corporations, with the remainder produced by other businesses.
- A short time thereafter, baseball cards began to emerge in an increasing number of other items.
- the years between the twenties and the fifties Due to the move from civilian to military manufacture during World War I, the production of baseball cards began to decline.
- During the intervening years, the manufacture of baseball cards soared to unprecedented heights.
- Once again, in 1941, wartime manufacturing began to have a substantial impact on the amount of baseball cards created, this time by a large margin.
After World War II forced the suspension of production, the Leaf Candy Company and Bowman Gum released the first sets. As early as the 1950s, a slew of Japanese baseball cards affiliated with menko, a popular Japanese card game, began flooding the marketplace.
9 of the Most Valuable Baseball Cards in History
Baseball cards were not mass-produced until the 1880s, despite the fact that they were first offered to the public in the mid-1860s, not long after the game’s creation and shortly after the popularization of photography. As a result, manufacturers of tobacco goods such as Old Judge and Gypsy Queen began inserting cards inside their products with images of players, primarily to protect the fragile packaging from tearing. Starting in the early 1930s, baseball cards were popular among fans, particularly youngsters, who received a bonus piece of chewing gum with each pack they purchased.
Rare cards in excellent condition have sold for millions of dollars in recent years, and are now considered investments by high-end collectors.
In addition to Beckett Grading Services (BGS) and Sportscard Guaranty Company, a number of other businesses grade cards based on their condition (SGC).
Topps was scheduled to be replaced by Fanatics in August 2021, and the company would begin producing legally licensed Major League Baseball cards in 2026.
1. Honus Wagner | Card Sold For: $6,606,000
The Honus Wagner baseball card from the 1911 American Tobacco Company is the most expensive baseball card ever created. Photograph courtesy of Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images Having star power is a good thing. Wagner, often known as “The Flying Dutchman,” collected 3,420 hits and 723 stolen bases during his 1897-1917 major league baseball career with the Louisville Colonels and Pittsburgh Pirates. He was the best batter in the National League eight times, and he also led the league in runs batted in and stolen bases, with five each.
T206 from the 1911 American Tobacco Company, which sold for $6.606 million in August 2021, is considered an iconic card.
Others believe that Wagner requested greater money from the firm for the use of his likeness, and that as a result, the manufacture of the card was severely restricted. Whatever the cause for its scarcity, the Wagner T206 card continues to be the most recognizable baseball card in the world.
2. Mickey Mantle | Card Sold For: $5.2 Million
Mickey Mantle’s rookie card from Topps from 1952. Photograph courtesy of Matt Dirksen/Colorado Rockies/Getty Images Having star power is a good thing. Mantle, who played in the Major Leagues from 1951 to 1968, was a fantastic all-around talent before suffering an injury-plagued decline. He is widely recognized as the finest switch-hitter in the history of the game. If he had not been injured so frequently, he may have challenged Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record. Mantle concluded his Major League Baseball career with 536 home runs.
- It’s possible that this is the most legendary trading card in sports history, yet it isn’t even Mantle’s first card.
- The 1952 Topps Mantle, on the other hand, has something that the card does not: a fascinating past.
- However, the late-summer distribution of the goods chilled collectors’ interest in the product, and cases of the product went unsold.
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3. Babe Ruth | Card Sold For: $4,212,000
The Babe Ruth Goudey baseball card from 1933. Getty Images courtesy of Transcendental Graphics Having star power is a good thing. Ruth was known by several nicknames, including “The Great Bambino,” “The Sultan of Swat,” “The Colossus of Clout,” and simply “The Babe.” Ruth was the first global celebrity in the history of the sport. He, like Wagner, was named to the MLB’s All-Century team and was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of the inaugural class in 1936. Ruth, who played in the Major Leagues from 1914 to 1935, held the record for the most home runs hit until he was surpassed by Hank Aaron (1974) and Barry Bonds (2007).
The iconic card was a 1933 Goudey53, which sold for $4,212,000 at an auction in July 2021.
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This historic card was evaluated in pristine condition by Professional Sport Authenticator, who also graded the rest of the collection.
4. Mike Trout | Card Sold For: $3.9 Million
This one-of-a-kind Topps rookie card of Mike Trout from 2009 features a signature from the Los Angeles Angels’ outfielder. Photograph courtesy of Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images Having star power is a good thing. The future Hall of Famer was named to the All-Star team nine times in his first 11 seasons, and is widely regarded as the finest current player in the game. The outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels has won three American League MVP awards in his career. The most valuable card ever produced was the 2009 Bowman Draft BDPP89 Superfractor, which sold for $3.9 million in August 2020.
Before it was broken numerous times in 2020 and 2021, the Superfractor variant of Trout’s Bowman Draft signed rookie card—a shimmering gold edition that was restricted to only one copy—held the record for the most card sales until it was broken again in 2020.
5. Nolan Ryan | Card Sold For: $600,000
Ryan was one of the game’s most feared power pitchers, and he set an MLB record by striking out 5,714 batters, over 1,000 more than the next-highest-ranking pitcher on the list, Randy Johnson. After pitching for four clubs throughout a 27-year career from 1966 to 1993, before retiring at the age of 46, he was known as “the Ironman.” The most iconic card is the 1968 Topps Rookie Card177 (with fellow Mets pitcher Jerry Koosman), which sold for $600,000 in August 2020 at the New York International Auto Show.
He only played on one World Series winner team, the 1969 New York Mets, and that was in 1969.
Koosman, who received the most attention on the card, was a competent player in his own right.
In great condition, just a few of these cards have been discovered.
6. Jackie Robinson | Card Sold For: $392,400
Star power: Robinson, a Hall of Famer, was the first African-American player to break the Major League Baseball color barrier in 1947, and he went on to become a social justice symbol as a result. He was a fantastic all-around athlete at UCLA, where he competed in four sports (baseball, basketball, football, and track). Robinson, who played for the New York Yankees from 1947 to 1956, was a six-time All-Star in the National League and was awarded the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1949. His uniform number 42 has been retired by all Major League Baseball teams.
The classic 1948 card, which is the most prized of a collection that includes early cards of greats such as Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Warren Spahn, and DiMaggio, was graded a PSA 7 by the Professional Standards Organization.
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7. Joe DiMaggio | Card Sold For: $218,578
Legendary status: In 1941, Joltin’ Joe was on a 56-game hitting streak that set an MLB record, making him one of the sport’s most remarkable players. Known as a pop culture hero, DiMaggio was a 13-time all-star and nine-time batting champion who married Marilyn Monroe and was honored in a song written by Alan Courtney and Ben Homer in 1941 for the Les Brown Orchestra with lyrics by Alan Courtney and Ben Homer. The most famous card in the world is the 1939 Play Ball26, which sold for $218,578 in July 2021.
On the Play Ball Card, the typically stern actor cracks a grin.
8. Rickey Henderson | Card Sold For: $180,100
A star in the making: Known as “The Man of Steal,” Henderson, who played for the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees during the course of his 25-year MLB career, is widely regarded as the finest leadoff hitter in the game’s history. He is the all-time leader in stolen bases and runs scored in the majors (2,295). Despite his age, Henderson has accumulated 1,406 career thefts, over 500 more than the second-ranked player on the record, Lou Brock. The most famous card in the set is 1980 Topps482, which sold for $180,100 in February 2021.
It became extremely hard to locate an original Henderson rookie card from the Topps set in pristine condition as a result of this.
A total of more than 23,000 copies of the card have been evaluated by Professional Sports Authenticator, a grading agency for sports memorabilia. Only 25, or 0.1 percent of the total number of units produced, have been designated as mint condition.
9. Ken Griffey Jr. | Card Sold For: $23,100
Star power: “The Kid” possessed a rare combination of talent and athleticism that helped him establish himself as a fan favorite, particularly with his first team, the Seattle Mariners. Griffey, who retired after the 2010 season, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a first-ballot inductee with 99.3 percent of the vote. He was a 13-time all-star and led the American League in home runs four times throughout his career. A total of 630 home runs were hit by him during his professional baseball career.
Griffey’s rookie card from Upper Deck in 1989 became an instant hit with collectors.
Griffey went on to prove that he was worth the high asking price by becoming one of the finest players of the 1990s.
Baseball Cards, 1887-1914, Card Sets in Chronological Order
- AllenGinter World’s Champions (N28)LOT 13163-01 AllenGinter World’s Champions (N28)LOT 13163-01 Medium: chromolithograph prints (nine prints total). Dimensions: about 2.75 x 1.5 inches This set is often regarded as the very first notable tobacco set to be published in the United States. The package, which also includes six other sports, includes ten baseball players in addition to baseball.
- Buchner Gold Coin (N284)LOT 13163-02 Buchner Gold Coin (N284) Medium: chromolithograph prints (58 prints total). Dimensions: about 3 x 1.75 inches With the release of this collection, D. BuchnerCompany included pictures of actual players in addition to broad portrayals of players by position.
- (N175)LOT 13163-03 Gypsy Queens (N175) 4 photographic prints (albumen) on a sheet of paper Dimensions: about 2.5 x 1.5 inches This set was produced by GoodwinCompany, and it has the same photographic portraits as the Old Judge (N172) set.
- LOT 13163-04 of Kalamazoo Bats (N690). 1 photographic print (albumen) as a medium Dimensions: about 4 x 2.25 inches In this collection, published by the Charles GrossCo. of Philadelphia, there are players from four different teams: the New York Giants and Mets, as well as the Philadelphia Athletics and Phillies.
- LOT 13163-05, Old Judge (N172), N172 476 photographic prints (albumen) were produced. The dimensions are approximately 2.4375 x 1.5 inches. This collection, which includes players from more than 40 major and minor league clubs, is one of the most comprehensive 19th century sets ever produced.
- AllenGinter World’s Champions (N29)LOT 13163-06 AllenGinter World’s Champions (N29)LOT 13163-06 4 prints: chromolithograph on heavyweight paper Dimensions: about 2.75 x 1.5 inches AllenGinter has released a second set of baseball players, this time with six players.
- AllenGinter World’s Champions (N43)LOT 13163-07 AllenGinter World’s Champions (N43)LOT 13163-07 Medium: chromolithograph with five prints Approximately 3.25 x 2.875 inches in size There is ornate iconography around the same pictures used in the AllenGinter N29 collection in this set of exceptionally big and detailed cards, which is rare for AllenGinter.
- Lot 13163-08 of the Goodwin Champions (N162) 8 prints: chromolithograph on heavyweight paper The dimensions are approximately 2.625 x 1.5 inches. The GoodwinCompany produced this set of lithographic baseball cards that were printed in color and featured eight different players.
- N321)LOT 13163-09, S.F. Hess California League (N321) 2 prints: chromolithograph on heavyweight paper The dimensions are approximately 2.875 x 1.5 inches. This collection, produced by S.F. HessCompany, was only consisted of players from the California League.
- Lot 13163-10 of the S.F. Hess Newsboys League (N333). 1 photographic print (albumen) as a medium The dimensions are approximately 2.875 x 1.5 inches. This set, produced by S.F. HessCo., depicts newspaper guys from eight different newspapers in eight different Northeastern cities.
- W.S. Kimball Champions (N184)LOT 13163-11 W.S. Kimball Champions 4 prints: chromolithograph on heavyweight paper Dimensions: about 2.75 x 1.5 inches A posed photo of each baseball player is displayed atop a sketch of the person in motion in this collection, which depicts four different baseball players.
- Lot 13163-12, Yum Yum Tobacco (N403), N403 5 photographic prints on albumen paper, medium: 2.75 x 1.375 inches is the approximate size. It was released by August BeckCompany in August of that year and contains studio picture portraits as well as full-length action line drawings that are comparable to those used in the Old Judge (N172) set
- (N173)LOT 13163-13: Old Judge Cabinets (N173) a total of 26 photographic images mounted on a cabinet card mount in albumen Dimensions: about 6.5 x 4.25 inches The cards in this big format set were given out as freebies in return for coupons that were distributed with cigarette cartons.
- S.F. Hess is a fictional character created by S.F. Hess (N338-2) LOT 13163-14 (Lot 13163-14) 2 photographic prints (albumen) as a medium Dimensions: about 2.75 x 1.5 inches The Edwards collection comprises two cards from a limited set of cards printed by the S.F. HessCompany, which may be found here. The whole collection consists of players from four different teams.
- Cut Plug (N300) Lot 13163-15 Mayo’s Cut Plug (N300) Medium: three photomechanical prints: halftone, stencil, and cyanotype The dimensions are about 2.875 x 1.625 inches. In lieu of cigarettes, these cards were included in tins of chewing tobacco.
- (T212)LOT 13163-16 Obak (T212) Prints are 14 prints in total: chromolithograph with relief The dimensions are approximately 2.625 x 1.5 inches. The Pacific Coast League was represented by this minor league set, which was produced by the American Tobacco Company. Three Obak card sets are distinguishable from one another by the color and style of lettering on the front and the substance of the text on the reverse of the cards.
- Ramly Cigarettes (T204) LOT 13163-17 Ramly Cigarettes (T204) Photographic medium:55 photomechanical prints, including halftone and stencil Dimensions: about 2.5 × 2 inches With elegant gold embossed frames and borders, this collection of black-and-white photographic photographs will complement any decor.
- Lot 13163-18 White Borders (T206) White Borders 520 prints in medium size: color, relief with halftone, and halftone relief The dimensions are about 2.625 x 1.4375 inches. Included in this set, which is one of the largest and most extensively circulated in the world, are roughly 525 color portraits with a white border.
- Domino Discs (PX7)LOT 13163-19 (Domino Discs) Medium: two photomechanical prints, one of which is halftone. Dimensions: about 1.125 inches in diameter The American Tobacco Company released this set of circular cards with metal rims to promote their products.
- Contentnea First Series (T209)LOT 13163-20Contentnea First Series (T209) Medium: 10 prints: relief with halftone, color, and black and white Size: about 2.6875 x 1.5625 inches. This collection, produced by the American Tobacco Company, included players in the minor leagues from the Carolinas and Virginia.
- LOT 13163-21 of the Contentnea Photo Series (T209) Medium:1 photomechanical print with halftones (photomechanical print). Approximately 2.75 x 1.625 inches in size The players in this second Contentnea series, which is made of black-and-white halftone images rather than color prints, are drawn from the same minor league clubs as those included in the first series.
- (E104)LOT 13163-22 – Nadja Philadelphia Athletics (E104) Medium: 18 prints: relief with halftone, color, and black and white Dimensions: about 2.75 x 1.5 inches Rather than tobacco, these cards, which were handed with sweet caramels instead of cigarettes, depict solely players from the Philadelphia Athletics.
- Lot 13163-23 in Obak (T212). Medium: 116 prints: relief with halftone, color, and black and white The dimensions are approximately 2.625 x 1.5 inches. The Pacific Coast and Northwestern Leagues were represented by this minor league set produced by the American Tobacco Company. Three Obak card sets are distinguishable from one another by the color and style of lettering on the front and the substance of the text on the reverse of the cards.
- Cigarettes from the Old Mill (T210)LOT 13163-24 Medium: eight prints, including relief, halftone, and stencil. The dimensions are approximately 2.625 x 1.5 inches. A total of eight unique series, each representing a different minor league, comprise this collection.
- T205 Borders in Gold (T205)LOT 13163-25 200 photomechanical prints were used as a medium. The dimensions are about 2.625 x 1.4375 inches. The American Tobacco Company released this set of baseball cards, which were called for their gold borders and included players from both the main and minor leagues.
- Helmar Stamps (T332)LOT 13163-26 Helmar Stamps (T332)LOT 13163-26 Medium: 12 prints: relief with halftone, color, and black and white 1.375 × 1.125 inches are approximate measurements. This series of stamps, rather than cards, was published by the Helmar Tobacco Company, and it had as many as 50 distinct ornamental designs. To protect the stamps, they were packed in glassine envelopes and inserted inside the cigarette cartons.
- Mecca Double Folders (T201)LOT 13163-27 Mecca Double Folders (T201) The print medium is 50 prints: relief with halftone and color. 4.6875 x 2.25 inches is about the size of the object. Each card, which was distributed with Mecca Cigarettes, depicts two players: one while the card is open and another when the card is folded.
- Obak (T212) LOT 13163-28 Obak (T212) lithograph in halftone and color
- 41 prints total
- Medium: The dimensions are approximately 2.625 x 1.5 inches. The Pacific Coast and Northwestern Leagues were represented by this minor league set produced by the American Tobacco Company. Three Obak card sets are distinguishable from one another by the color and style of lettering on the front and the substance of the text on the reverse of the cards.
- Cabinets in Turkey’s Red (T3) Lot 13163-29 chromolithograph with hand-coloring
- 95 prints total
- Medium: Dimensions: about 8 x 5.75 inches Printed in color on a large format lithographic card, the American Tobacco Company gave these big format lithographic cards as a premium in return for coupons given with cigarette packets.
- Backgrounds with brown tones (T207)LOT 13163-30 a total of 200 prints in relief with halftone and color The dimensions are about 2.625 x 1.4375 inches. The American Tobacco Company published this set, which has player photos with brown backgrounds and player bios on the reverse
- It is available for purchase here.
- The Hassan Triple Folders (T202) are available in a quantity of 31. Color, relief, and halftone prints are used in this medium. Dimensions: about 2.25 x 5.5 inches Featuring a black-and-white action shot flanked by color photographs of two distinct players, the American Tobacco Company released this set to promote its product.
- Series of Champions (T227)LOT 13163-32 LOT 13163-32 LOT 13163-32 LOT 13163-32 Medium: 4 prints: relief with halftone, color, and black and white Approximately 3.375 x 2.3125 inches in size In this series, there are four baseball players represented
- 13163-33 Fatima Team Cards (T200) LOT 13163-33 Medium: thirteen photographic prints on gelatin silver paper. The dimensions are approximately 2.625 x 4.75 inches. This collection of team images was released by the LiggettMyers Company.
- Fatima (T222) LOT 13163-34 Fatima (T222) 7 gelatin silver photography prints on heavyweight paper Approximately 4.5 x 2.5 inches in size American Tobacco Company created this series of significantly bigger pictorial cards to promote their products.
- Piedmont Art Stamps are made by Piedmont Art Stamps (T330-2) LOT 13163-35 is a numbered lot. The printing medium is two prints: relief with halftone and color. The dimensions are approximately 2.625 x 1.5 inches. Designed to complement the previous Gold Borders (T205) card set, the LiggettMyers Company released this series of stamps.
- Obak Cabinets (T4) LOT 13163-36 Obak Cabinets (T4) 1 photographic print (gelatin silver) as a medium. 6.9375 x 4.9375 inches is the approximate size. Several of the cards in this collection were given out as freebies in exchange for coupons that were distributed with cigarette packs. The Obak T212 card set was released in conjunction with this card.
A Brief History of Sports Trading Cards – MyExtraCards
Everyone in this room is enthusiastic about our shared activity, but how many of us are aware of the origins of our favourite pastime? Throughout the decades since its start, the trading card market has seen significant transformations, and we anticipate that this trend will continue as collectors’ appetites develop. However, in order to comprehend where we are now, we must first comprehend how we get here. Baseball cards were first manufactured in the 1860s, just after baseball was recognized as a legitimate professional sport.
In the absence of their usage as a marketing tool, the pastime that we know and love today would not have existed at all.
That term really refers to something that was once known as a “trade card.” One of the earliest reported instances of this was discovered in a pack of cigarettes.
During the early twentieth century, Allen & Ginter was the first tobacco business in the United States to print ads, and the practice grew in popularity over time.
By the turn of the century in 1900, thousands of sets of trade cards made by hundreds of tobacco businesses began to flood the market, resulting in a significant increase in competition.
It was the beginning of a new hobby: collecting.
Nonetheless, the notion of retail items containing rewards such as cards has survived, and today, a variety of trade cards may be found in the packaging of a wide range of different sorts of products.
It was during this time period that the T206 Honus Wagner cigarette card, which is the most valuable card in history, was made and distributed.
Throughout the next decades, baseball cards continued to develop and improve.
The inclusion of baseball cards in packs of bubble gum had now become commonplace, and as many of us vividly recall, this soon flipped and changed into the inclusion of bubble gum in packs of baseball cards.
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These cards featured celebrities from television and movies, big game hunters, and American football players.
Player records, statistics, and biographies were featured on these cards, and the set went on to become one of the most popular and valuable of all time.
This marked the beginning of the contemporary sports trading card industry.
Trading cards are now available for every major sport, as well as a range of other activities, including baseball, football, basketball, hockey, golf, racing, and other activities.
The production of sports trading cards had a resurgence in the 1980s and 1990s, in particular.
But the card industry has learnt its lesson, and the amount of cards produced has been more tightly controlled in the years that followed.
Several decades ago, collectors were continually attempting to assemble a complete set of a certain item.
Because the sports trading card hobby has such a long and intriguing history, we, as collectors, owe a debt of gratitude to other sectors, such as the tobacco and candy/chewing gum industries, for their contributions to the development of our cherished pastime.
As for the future, it will be intriguing to observe how our industry develops and progresses.