Pre-War Baseball Card Guide

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All cards printed prior to 1900 are known as N-cards. Although most of the cards were inserted with cigarettes or loose tobacco, many N-cards were not tobacco cards. The very first baseball card, the 1868-70 Peck & Snyder trading card, was issued by a sporting goods store in New York City and is considered an N-card. Woodcuts, cabinets, and currency are also all considered N-cards. Tobacco, however, did popularize baseball cards. The American Tobacco Company provided some of the best publicity that the sport of baseball could ever hope for by inserting baseball cards into their numerous brands of tobacco.

 

N-Cards        
Year ACC # Set Name # of Cards
1888
1889
1888
1888
1888
1888
1888
1888
1893
1888
1888
1889
1886
1887-90
1888-89
1887-90
1888
1889
1887
1895
1896
1888
1888
1888
1888
1888
1887
1888
1889
1895
1887
1887
1887
1880-90
1865-97
1859-90
1868-70
1886
1886
1887
1887
1887-93
1888
1888
1890
1893
1894
N28
N29
N43
N86
N88
N104
N135
N136
N142
N154
N162
N165
N167
N172
N173
N175
N184
N228-3
N284
N300
N301
N321
N333
N338-1
N338-2
N352
N370
N403
N526
N566
N690
N690-1
N693
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Allen & Ginter
Allen & Ginter
Allen & Ginter
Perilous Occupations
Duke "Terrors"
Duke Comic Characters
Duke "Talk of the Diamond"
Duke "Terrors" (Large)
Duke Cabinets (Honest Tob.)
Duke Presidents BB Club
Goodwin Champions
Goodwin Games & Sports
Giants Old Judge
Old Judge
Old Judge Cabinets
Gypsy Queen
W. S. Kimball Champions
Kinney Brothers Novelties
Buchner Gold Coin
Mayo's Cut Plug
Mayo's Die-Cut Game Cards
Hess California League (Color)
Hess Newsboy League
Hess California League
Hess Big League
Consolidated Cigarette
Lone Jack St. Louis Browns
Yum Yum Tobacco
Number 7 (Diamond S) Cigar
Newsboy Cabinets
Kalamazoo Bats
Kalamazoo Bats Cabinets
Kalamazoo Bats Team
Baseball Cabinets
Leslie's Woodcuts
Harper's Woodcuts
Peck & Snyder Trade Cards
Lorillard Team Card
Tomlinson Cabinets
Four Base Hits
Scrapps Die Cuts
Baseball Currency
Sporting Extra Cigarettes
R & S Die Cuts
Police Gazette Cabinets
Just So Tobacco
Alpha Photo Engraving
50
50
50
50
50
25
25
50
4
19?
50
50
12
500+
400+
~180
50
50
143
48
28
40
46
17
23
100
13
53
15
14
60
34
6
var.
20?
40+
2
4
19
15
18
8
2
10
37
14
14

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