1882 H804-11 Cosack & Company / Circled Position Trade Cards Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title H804-11 Cosack & Company / Circled Position Trade Cards
Year 1882
Size 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
Images Color
Type Trade
Number in Set

1882 H804-11 Cosack & Company / Circled Position Trade Cards Overview

Sample baseball advertising trade card from Set H 804-11

This set is part of the baseball comic series of trade cards.

The cards feature a variety of humorous baseball scenes. They are slightly larger than a postcard and feature a distinctive blue border. The set gets its name from the circular backdrop on each card and the fact that each card features a player in a specific position on a team.

One curiosity of the set is that while a card for almost every position has been found, no card for a right fielder has been publicly acknowledged. At least not in recent memory. So while there are nine total cards known to be in the set (a batter exists), there could be ten if a card for a right fielder was ever produced.

The cards were produced by Cosack & Company out of Buffalo, NY as indicated in the printing in the lower blue border. It is also stated they were registered by the Library of Congress in 1882, which is the year attributed to these cards. The cards can be found with an advertisement for a company below the picture as shown here or sans advertising.

The advertisements vary but many can be found with the famous Peck and Snyder name. Peck and Snyder, a sporting goods store, is famous for printing what is often recognized as the first true baseball card.

As is the case with most trade cards, these are fragile and printed on thinner card stock. For that reason, they can be torn or ripped quite easily and damaged easier than standard baseball cards.

Many trade cards were used by numerous companies and that is the case with this set. That is in part because it was easier to use artwork that was already produced rather than going through the trouble of creating your own. For that reason, the backs of the card can be blank or include an advertisement for different companies.

1882 H804-11 Cosack & Company / Circled Position Trade Cards Checklist

  1. 1st Baseman
  2. 2nd Baseman
  3. 3rd Baseman
  4. Batsman
  5. Catcher
  6. Centre Fielder
  7. Left Fielder
  8. Pitcher
  9. Short Stop

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