1888 Buffords Baseball Trade Cards Set (H804-3)

‘It’s In The Details’

Title H804-3 Buffords Trade Cards
Year 1888
Size 3 1/2″ x 5″
Images Color
Type Trade
Number in Set

H804-3 Buffords Trade Cards Overview

Set H 804-3 baseball advertising trade card

The H804-3 Buffords set is part of the baseball comic series of trade cards.

The cards feature a variety of baseball scenes depicting players in a combination of different red and blue uniforms. Some of the uniforms are striped while others are plain. The same goes for the hats, which also feature a variety of plain striped colored hats.

A distinguishing characteristic of this set is that a small ‘801’ is printed in one of the corners on each card. In a different corner is the acknowledgement that the cards were copyrighted in 1888 by the Bufford Sons Lithographic Company. That company was one of the leading companies producing lithography for trade cards.

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. 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.

H804-3 Buffords Trade Cards Checklist

  1. A Brush with the Ball
  2. Chance for a Kick
  3. A Short Stop
  4. The Umpires (sic) lot is not a Happy One

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