‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Leslie’s Perfection Base Ball Game Cards|
|Year||1913 (copyrighted 1909)|
|Size||2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
|Images||Color and Black and White
|Number in Set
1913 Leslie’s Perfection Base Ball Game Cards Overview
A less heralded pre-war baseball game is the 1913 Leslie’s Perfection Base Ball Game. The overall game included a deck of (85) playing cards, instructions, a felt baseball field, and assorted game pieces, a field, game pieces, and more. The set was manufactured by the Perfection Novelty and Advertising Company, which was based in Cleveland, Ohio.
To the average collector, the playing cards themselves are nothing special. They don’t include pictures of players or baseball scenes and solely have printed action words on them to dictate the game play. However, the reverse does have a picture of a baseball along with the Perfection Base Ball name.
Interestingly the cards have some variations. As this site mentions, you can either find the cards with green backs or red ones. The boxes used to hold them also came in the green and red variations, too.
It should be noted that while the game was copyrighted in 1909 it isn’t believed to have been released into the public until 1913. That is not a rare occurrence necessarily as the company could have been waiting for funding to begin production, had logistics hang-ups, or run into any number of issues that would have caused a delay.
1913 Leslie’s Perfection Base Ball Game Cards Checklist
As these cards simply contain action words on them, I have not provided a checklist at this time.