1917 T. Norpoth Baseball Playing Cards Set

‘It’s In The Details’

Title T. Norpoth Baseball Playing Cards
Year 1917
Size 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
Images Black and White
Type Game Cards
Number in Set

1917 T. Norpoth Baseball Playing Cards Overview

Norpoth Baseball Game Card Front (1917)Norpoth Baseball Game Card Back (1917)This set of cards was a baseball playing card issue. The cards do not feature specific players and includes only generic images of players and equipment.

The black and white pictures on the cards depict players making a variety of baseball motions, such as hitting and fielding. Some cards do not have pictures of players, but have baseballs instead. Specific teams are also not included, per se. However, the names of cities are used to indicate the teams. Those cities include:

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • New York
  • St. Louis

Backs of the cards had a playing card design printed in blue ink. The picture shows a pair of crossed bats, a pair of baseballs, a catcher mask, and a glove. Like other baseball playing card games, the cards feature a variety of actions to dictate game play.

The box for the cards touted the sport of baseball as well as the card game. On the back, it read:

“The Greatest Game in the World – A game of baseball in your home. This game should be in every American home. A noble pastime strictly an American game brought forth by the spirit of American democracy. No kings, no queens, no jacks, only baseball. Be an American and play the national game.”

It is the box that also dates the set. The box has a June 19, 1917 patent date on it and, even if the cards were not necessarily distributed that year, 1917 is the year credited to this set because of it. In addition to the actual game cards, a rules card and sample scorecard were also included.

Here’s more on the original patent for the game.

1917 T. Norpoth Baseball Playing Cards Checklist

Specific players are not included in the set but here is the checklist of cards based on the teams/cities printed on most of them.

  1. Boston
  2. Boston
  3. Boston
  4. Boston
  5. Boston
  6. Boston
  7. Boston
  8. Boston
  9. Boston
  10. Boston
  11. Boston
  12. Boston
  13. Chicago
  14. Chicago
  15. Chicago
  16. Chicago
  17. Chicago
  18. Chicago
  19. Chicago
  20. Chicago
  21. Chicago
  22. Chicago
  23. Chicago
  24. Chicago
  25. New York
  26. New York
  27. New York
  28. New York
  29. New York
  30. New York
  31. New York
  32. New York
  33. New York
  34. New York
  35. New York
  36. New York
  37. Rules
  38. Scorecard
  39. St. Louis
  40. St. Louis
  41. St. Louis
  42. St. Louis
  43. St. Louis
  44. St. Louis
  45. St. Louis
  46. St. Louis
  47. St. Louis
  48. St. Louis
  49. St. Louis
  50. St. Louis
  51. Umpire

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