‘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
These cards are called the 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.
It should be noted that, while Frank Keetz identified this as the Western and Southern Life Insurance set, that is not really an accurate title. These cards, as most trade cards are, were used by several sponsors and seen with different company names on them instead. The Western and Southern Life Insurance name could be the most common but others certainly exist.
Some slight variations of the image exist, as well. 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, for example, is seen on an early book mark trade card.
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 on the insurance cards, 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 cataloged 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. To date, I have seen the following cards:
- Male Baseball Batter
- Female Golfer