The trend of tobacco cards continued as the 20 th century unfolded. Each player has several cards in the set. Since we already have a section on 19th century baseball cardswe'll focus only on cards issued from the early s
The tobacco card set known as T was issued from to in cigarette and loose tobacco packs through 16 different brands owned by the American Tobacco Company. It is a landmark set in the history of baseball card collecting, due to its size and rarity, and the quality of its color lithographs. It is also known informally as the "White Border" set due to the distinctive white borders surrounding the lithographs on each card.
This lengthy period, early in the history of baseball cards, features some of the oldest, rarest and most valuable baseball cards in collecting history. The top option for collectors is T These incredibly valuable cards are lead by Honus Wagner and his popular card.
They have also lectured, appeared on television, authored many articles on sports history and studied countless sports artifacts that can only be described as "national treasures". Baseball Almanac is pleased and honored to present an insightful column written by the former curator of the National Sports Gallery and current president of FC Associates. Literally millions of people worldwide either currently collect or have collected baseball cards sometime during their lives.
Vintage baseball card authenticity tips and notes. Beware of eBay sellers who use only funky photos of expensive cards. This includes photos out of focus, several photos none which show the entire card, bizarre angles and overly distracting backgrounds.
Before getting started, you should make sure that you know what cards you have. There are lots of great tips below on this page to help you identify what you have. Most vintage cards have some value, even if they're not in the best of condition.
Vintage baseball cards have been a great investment. Vintage baseball cards have been a lousy investment. Both statements are true — it all depends what cards and what periods you examine.
Old Cardboard Website Sponsor. Although the scope of the ACC includes a wide range of cards featuring non-baseball subjects, the following categories are limited to only those that include baseball card sets. Early gum and candy cards; "E" cards fall primarily into two time periods: designated here as Group "E1" and Group "E2".
In the late s and early s, baseball cards were little more than adjunct advertising and promotional pieces. As such, they were treated with little regard. Cards were cast aside with other household junk or used for some alternative purpose.
Due to the dark gold border this issue is very prone to edge and border damage. This particular card is outstanding in that regard with just a touch of damage in the upper left corner. The back advertises for Sweet Caporal Cigarettes, baseball series of designs. This card is in excellent condition and displays a portrait of Joseph Edward Collins, a first baseman for the New York Yankees.