Base Ball Bank Dark Town Battery Trade Cards

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Base Ball Bank Dark Town Battery Trade Cards
Year Unknown
Size 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″
Images Color
Type Trade
Number in Set

Base Ball Bank Dark Town Battery Trade Cards Overview


These are trade cards that were used to promote an item – more specifically, a toy bank with black baseball players. Two separate cards were produced for the product. One was a horizontal, full-color issue while the other was a vertical, single-color ink card. Both were approximately 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″, although the vertical card is slightly larger.

Unlike some other trade cards, these was printed for only one specific product – a unique toy bank. When a coin was inserted into the hand of the pitcher and a lever was pressed, the coin was pitched to a hole the catcher and deposited as it went past the batter. The baseball bank was cast iron and advertised as being a little more than two inches tall and seven inches long. This bank was manufactured by J.E. Stevens Company.

The trade cards have a depiction of the bank sold by Hyde and Company in Boston, Massachusetts. The lithograph on the card was developed by Gast and Company in New York. A small No. 302 is also printed on the card to help identify it.

The bank is a great mechanical piece of history. You can see it in action here.

Base Ball Bank Dark Town Battery Trade Cards Checklist

  1. Horizontal Full-Color Trade Card
  2. Vertical Single-Color Trade Card

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