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Trading Cards

In the mid-19th century, blank cards were used to strengthen paper cigarette packs. Manufacturers soon realised the potential of these cards for advertising. The oldest known advertising card was issued in 1878 with Marquis of Lorne cigarettes distributed by the American News Company in the United States. (The card has a picture of the Marquis […]  Continue Reading »

Movie Star Trading Cards

Actors and actresses have been the subject of cigarette cards from the beginning. Stage actors and actresses were displaced by movie stars as the favoured topic from about 1915 when the American Tobacco  Company issued a series of movie stars. Scores of other series followed, issued by various companies all over the world. Movie star […]  Continue Reading »

Royalty Trading Cards

Royalty has always been a popular topic with card issuers in Britain but these cards were often less avidly sought by collectors. W D & H O Wills issued a series of Kings and Queens in 1897; this was the first to have descriptions printed on the back of each card. Royalty cards sometimes devote […]  Continue Reading »

Transport Trading Cards

Planes, trains, boats and cars have long been a favourite subject because they look good in framed sets. To meet this need, transport cards often had adhesive backs and albums, with the description from the back of the card alongside each card’s position, were sold. Transport trading cards available now(Clicking on an item of interest […]  Continue Reading »

Basketball Trading Cards

The first basketball cards were issued in 1948. They were not a success. Further issues were attempted in the late 1950s and during the 1960s, again, without success. It was not until 1986 that the “Fleer Set”, featuring the Michael Jordan rookie card, became poplar. The popularity of baseball cards has continued to rise and […]  Continue Reading »

Baseball Trading Cards

Baseball cards are the most popular category of all collectable cards. The first baseball card was issued in 1886. Originally they were collected by adults but, gradually, collecting baseball cards came to seen as a children’s’ pastime. From the 1970s, it has re-emerged as an area for serious adult collectors. The main factor in determining […]  Continue Reading »

Cricket Trading Cards

The first cricket series was issued by WD & HO Wills in 1896. Since that time over 11,000 different cards depicting cricket have been issued. In Australia, cricket trade cards issuers included Snider and Abrahams’ Standard Cigarettes from 1904 to 1914, Hoadleys and Allans confectionary in the 1930s, Kornies cereals from 1948 to 1959, the […]  Continue Reading »

Australian Football Trading Cards

The first Australian Rules cigarette cards were issued with Old Judge Cigarettes in 1890. Only one series of eleven cards was issued. Sniders and Abrahams’ Standard Cigarettes issued 16 sets of football cards (totalling almost 800 different cards)  from 1904 until the First World War (1914). WD & HO Wills began issuing football cards in […]  Continue Reading »

American Football Trading Cards

The first recognised American football card, depicting Henry Beecher, was issued in 1887. There are earlier so-called “scraps”; these were paper souvenirs dating back as far as the period immediately after the Civil War. (Bear in mind that, until the early 1880s, Americans played a rugby-style game.)  American football trading cards available now(Clicking on an […]  Continue Reading »

Hockey Trading Cards

The first card issued for any major sport was a hockey card issued in 1879. However, hockey cards were not widely produced until after the Second World War. Today, they are the fourth most widely collected sports card.   Hockey trading cards available now(Clicking on an item of interest will open a new window)  Continue Reading »

Golf Trading Cards

The first series of cards golf cards was issued in Britain in 1900 by Cope. These depicted golfing scenes rather than actual golfers. A series with photographs of golfers was issued by Ogden in 1901. In 1928, Churchman produced a series of fifty “Famous Golfers” followed in 1931 by another fifty “prominent Golfers”.   Golf […]  Continue Reading »