‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||McLaughlin XXXX Coffee Countries Trade Cards (with America Baseball)|
|Size||4″ x 6″|
|Number in Set
McLaughlin’s XXXX Coffee Countries Trade Cards Overview
McLaughlin’s XXXX Coffee brand produced a wide range of trade cards in the late 1800s. Most were non-sports subjects but several featured various sports, including baseball.
One interesting set features children representing various countries and parts of the world. Each child represents a particular theme or occupation for a specific country.
The cards have a white background with a color depiction of each child. The name of the country is printed at the bottom and off to the side is the McLaughlin’s XXXX Coffee name printed diagonally. An advertisement for McLaughlin is on the back.
Within the set is a card featuring a boy pictured with a bat representing America. The color image shows a child approximately toddler age in a patriotic-themed red, white, and blue uniform. The caption below reads, ‘America’ and the McLaughlin’s XXXX Coffee name is printed in the corner.
This has often been believed to be a standalone issue but that is not the case as several other cards for other countries have been found. It is worth nothing that many card sets were produced that featured various sports around the world. The K4 set produced by rival Arbuckle Coffee, for example, is a popular one that also included a United States baseball card.
This is not really one of those as, to date, baseball is the only sport featured that I have seen thus far. But it is similar in that each card represents a particular country or territory of an area around the world.
At least one variation of sorts appears to exist for this set.
These same cards appear to have been printed with a slightly different look at some have a light blueish-border. That is the case for one, anyway – the America Baseball card.
Pictured here, it also seems to be inside of a brownish border. The stock on this is a little thinner than the standard trade cards, however, so it could have been part of an advertising display.
Collectors should note that McLaughlin’s printed several other trade cards and that some were very similar, but different, from these.
The closest one is another set featuring children from various nations. Those have a similar type of layout so it can be confusing. However, the differences are that they have a slightly fancier style of writing for the country name and also have a circular inset for a second image on the front to go along with the primary picture.
Another such set was their Greetings of Different Nations set, which was a 12-card issue showing how people greeted each other in various countries. Other sets have a similarly blank background such as these but belong in different sets or are standalone issues not associated with this one.
Collectors should not confuse cards in those sets for cards in these.
McLaughlin’s XXXX Coffee Countries Trade Cards Checklist
I have presented the cards below for various countries that I have seen to date and I have never seen a checklist for this set. However, more almost certainly exist than the ones presented here.
America – Baseball
England – Sailor
Fiji Islands – Hunter
France – Drinking Wine
Malay Islands – Hunter
Russia – Nihilist
Sweden – Fisherman