220. Bufford Boys Dancing Trade Card (901)

‘It’s In The Details’

Title 220. Bufford Boys Dancing Trade Card (901)
Year Unknown
Size 4 5/16″ x 6 1/2″
Images Color
Type Trade
Number in Set

220. Bufford Boys Dancing Trade Card (901) Overview

220-bufford-boys-dancing-trade-card-1800s.jpgBufford Boys Dancing Trade Card #2.jpgThis was a trade card that featured a scene of children playing. The picture on the card shows a group of three children dancing. A fourth is standing next to them, clapping, while a fifth is off in the distance. The boys appear to be having a day out with a basket of food, apples, and a baseball bat off to the side. The bat is the only thing that makes this a baseball card of sorts.

Like many other trade cards of the same era, the lithography was performed by Bufford. One characteristic of this particular card is that it is larger than most. At approximately 4 1/4″ x 6 1/2″, this card is more like a small photograph.

The card does not have a specific title on it but it does have the Bufford name in small print in the lower left corner.

The cards are found both with and without advertiser printing. Some have an advertiser name on the front (such as one shown here with the Woolson Spice name printed on it) with more of an ad on the back while others are completely blank-backed and have no sponsor name on the front. Blank ones, like the other one shown here, are considered stock cards as they were awaiting overprinting for a specific company or brand.

This card was numbered separately by noted trade card collector Frank Keetz in his book, “Baseball Advertising Trade Cards, 3rd Edition.” It was a trade card he identified but did not have a printed title on it. Because of that, he catalogued it with a number instead, which is the number in the title shown here.

Slight Variations

These cards are known with at least one slight variation. The number ‘901’ is printed on some, like the stock card shown here. However, others (like the one with the advertisement here), are missing that number.

It is unknown which version is rarer or if other variations exist.

220. Bufford Boys Dancing Trade Card (901) Checklist

This appears to be a standalone issue not part of a set.

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