1880s Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company Hockey Trade Card
‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company Hockey Trade Card|
|Size||3 3/8″ x 5 1/16″
|Number in Set
1880s Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company Hockey Trade Card Overview
One of the earliest and most popular recognized hockey cards is The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company trade card from the 1880s. As is the case with most trade issues, the cards were used with a variety of advertising backs.
The color picture on the front of the cards shows several men playing a game of ice hockey. Lithography for the card was provided by Bufford, a popular company that created the artwork for numerous trade cards in the 1800s.
Collectors will notice the use of a ball instead of a puck and that is because early forms of the sport and variations of it used a ball instead of a puck. Despite that, it is generally considered to be a hockey card by most.
At the top of the card is the distributor’s name. It states that the card is compliments of The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company and that the company has 200 stores in the United States. The card also states that the company is the largest distributor and importer in the world.
The backs of the cards vary, offering different advertisements for products and businesses. I have not seen an exact date for this trade card but it was almost certainly issued over several years. Most dates of them that I have seen referenced are from the late 1880s.
This is one of the more desirable early hockey trade cards known. Typically, this card sells for about $50 and up, depending on condition.
1880s Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company Hockey Trade Card Checklist
This is a standalone issue and not part of a set.