‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||205. Western and Southern Life Insurance Trade Cards
|Size||3″ x 5″|
|Number in Set
205. Western and Southern Life Insurance Trade Cards Overview
This is a trade card that was apparently included a set of Western and Southern Life Insurance trade cards. The card pictured here is a young baseball player – a boy in a blue and white striped uniform, holding a bat.
This wasn’t Western and Southern Life Insurance’s only foray into the baseball card world. The company also distributed the H804-20 trade cards.
Backs of the cards mention the company’s office in Cincinnati (Cincinnati is misspelled on the back), that they have more than $2 million in assets, and that more than $2 million in death claims had been paid out to date.
Some variations exist, as well. Some of the cards, such as this one, have only a picture of the boy on the front. Others use the same image but state that they are compliments of the Western and Southern Life Insurance Company. Some of the cards also feature a slightly more up close picture of the child than the one shown here. Those have the bat extending to the top border and the child’s left leg extending to the bottom border.
Also, in addition to this specific card, this image has been seen on other items. The same picture is seen on an early book mark trade card.
While the card shown here is arguably the most popular as a baseball player, the set also included non-sports as well. In addition, similar Western and Southern Life Insurance trade cards are known but feature different backs.
Finally, while the cards are not dated, it is possible to tell that some are a little older or newer based on the back advertisements, which list a total paid out in claims. Obviously, cards with backs stating higher totals paid out will be newer issues.
This card was numbered separately by noted trade card collector Frank Keetz in his book, “Baseball Advertising Trade Cards, 3rd Edition.” It was a trade card he identified but did not have a printed title on it. Because of that, he catalogued it with a number instead, which is the number in the title shown here.
205. Western and Southern Life Insurance Trade Cards Checklist
While Keetz has identified four cards in this set, I have not seen a checklist of the issue.