Mayer’s Hockey Trade Card Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Mayer’s Hockey Trade Card
Year Unknown
Size 3 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Images Color
Type Trade Card
Number in Set
1

Mayer’s Hockey Trade Card Overview

Mayer's Hockey Trade CardOne of the earliest recognized hockey cards is the Mayer’s hockey trade card. It is believed to have been printed in the late 1800s.

The color picture on the front of the cards shows several children playing on the ice. No puck is present and only one of the five children is even wearing skates. However, two of the boys have hockey sticks and that is what makes this a hockey issue.

The trade card is for a Milwaukee-based store called Mayer’s, which is advertising their children’s shoes. They are called “Children’s Rough and Tumble School Shoes” and this statement is also included on the fronts:

Rough and Tumble with Never a Care
Secure in the Thought that the Shoes They Wear
Are Mayer’s Milwaukee Custom Made
Which Put All Others in the Shade

The back of the card added a general advertisement in both English and German — which was odd, given that the store was based in Milwaukee. It was also somewhat customizable as it included a pair of blank lines for a particular retailer of the shoes to add their own store/business information, similar to other trade cards.

Mayer’s Hockey Trade Card Checklist

This is a standalone issue and not part of a set.

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