1899 Home Insurance of New York Football Trade Card

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Home Insurance of New York Football Trade Card
Year 1899
Size 3″ x 5″
Images Color
Type Trade Card
Number in Set

1899 Home Insurance of New York Football Trade Card Overview

Home Insurance Company of New York BackHome Insurance Company of New YorkThis trade card is an early football issue that served as an advertisement for The Home Insurance of New York Company.

The card features an unknown boy in a football uniform and pictured with a ball and a piece of fruit. The shirt/jersey he is wearing is red with a white ‘H’, which is symbolic of Harvard, one of the earliest football teams. Because of that, it can be considered a Harvard card of sorts and will generally be more popular than other generic issues.

The card is rare and one of the earlier known football cards. It can be dated to 1899 since the back of it includes the company’s semi-annual financial statement from that year. Printing financial statements on the backs of trade cards was popular, as was done on this 1902 baseball issue for Met Life.

While this specific card is an 1899 issue it is possible that it was issued in other years as well. Sometimes, insurance companies that printed statements on trade cards did so over a series of years using the same picture.

Finally, the card also has a small printed No. 26 in the corner. Small numbers were commonly printed on trade cards, likely in an effort by the printer or artist to organize them in some manner.

1899 Home Insurance of New York Football Trade Card Checklist

This is a standalone issue not part of a set.

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