‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Base Ball Bank Dark Town Battery Trade Cards|
|Size||3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″|
|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
- Horizontal Full-Color Trade Card
- Vertical Single-Color Trade Card