Everybody’s Rooting For Trade Card

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Everybody’s Rooting For Trade Card
Year Unknown
Size 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
Images Color
Type Trade
Number in Set
1

Everybody’s Rooting For Trade Card Overview

everybodys_rooting.jpgThis is a trade card that was used to promote various businesses. The card features a woman sitting on a fence with a baseball game being played behind her inside of a large stadium.

It is important to note that the ‘Everbody’s Rooting For,’ may be a bit deceptive. Noted collector Frank Keetz assigned it this name used in his book, “Baseball Advertising Trade Cards 3rd Edition.” However, I am not sure that every example includes that caption on it. The one on this card includes that caption printed on the fence. Other examples of postcards (more on that in a bit) do not have it.

As was the case with many trade cards, these were designed to be used by multiple businesses. That is evident from the fan being held by the woman, which is blank with the name of a specific business printed inside of it (in this case, Jacobs and Harris Tailors). The bottom of the fence left room for an advertiser to print their own company information, including an address and telephone number.

One interesting thing about the scene on this card is that it is similar to a rare stamp promoting the Allentown Fair. On that issue, a woman is also sitting outside of a stadium (although, in a tree) while a baseball game plays out behind her.

Postcard Variation

While this card is cataloged as a trade card, it is important to point out that postcards using the same image also exist. In fact, the only other issues of this card I have personally seen all have a postcard back. Like the Jacobs & Harris example above, they also have an assortment of businesses that advertised in the space below.

At least one, titled ‘The Red Sox Girl,’ is sports-related. That postcard features the same image but has the 1913 schedule for the Boston Red Sox on the back as one of half of a divided postcard. Other postcard examples exist, too, all dated around the same time period — some of them with the postmark dates, of course.

In short, I do not know if actual trade cards exist or if they are all postcards instead. However, I have listed them on the site due to their earlier cataloging until more definitive proof can be found.

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