Goudey Sport Kings football card of Jim Thorpe (1933)
Goudey Sport Kings football card of Jim Thorpe (1933)

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.) 

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