‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Baines Gold Medal Shield
|Size||2 3/4″ x 3 1/8″|
|Number in Set
1904-05 Baines Gold Medal Shield Overview
As advertised on the backs of these unique cards, J. Baines was a producer of football (soccer) and cricket cards. However, this U.K. manufacturer also slipped in at least two cards of an emerging sport of the time in net ball. The sport closely resembles basketball, which was created only a few years earlier. Another pre-war card featuring the sport is found in the 1932 German Astra and Sanella issues.
At least two cards of net ball exist in the set consisting of soccer and cricket. Other sports may also exist.
One of the netball cards specifically is labeled ‘net ball’ while displaying a color image of children playing the sport. Another card is labeled ‘school girls’ instead, but uses the same picture of girls playing net ball.
The card were distributed in packs of six and as VintageBasketball.com has outlined, there are several different variations to the net ball cards alone. Some of the images of the women are different and there are some font differences as well as back variations.