1888 At our Picnic Trade Cards Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Base Ball at our Picnic Trade Card
Year 1888
Size 3″ x 4 1/4″
Images Color
Type Trade
Number in Set
2 (?)

1888 At our Picnic Trade Cards Overview

Baseball at our Picnic Trade Card.jpgThis is a trade card that was used to promote a business. Businesses would print their information on various places on the card (front or back).

This card features a colorful baseball scene with the caption ‘Base Ball at our Picnic’ at the bottom. In the picture, a batter is shown along with a pitcher, catcher, and third baseman. Also in the shot is a large standing crowd with a pennant and an umpire in a cage. As is the case with other early baseball issues, the sport’s name is spelled as “Base Ball.”

While it is often believed that the card is a standalone issue, it is actually part of a set that includes at least one other card, including tennis. Other cards carry the ‘At Our Picnic’ theme, thus, creating an appropriate name for the set, which is how I have titled them here.

The cards are copyrighted to 1888. Aesthetically, they re known for wildly exaggerated features and movements. Athletes on the cards have sort of a slanted appearance with limbs that are purposefully thin. Beneath the image is a horizontal box that could be used for a sponsor advertisement.

The baseball card was numbered separately by noted trade card collector Frank Keetz in his book, “Baseball Advertising Trade Cards, 3rd Edition.”

1888 At our Picnic Trade Cards Checklist

Known cards to date are listed below. However, others quite possibly exist.

  1. Baseball
  2. Tennis

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