H503 Football Boy Trade Card

‘It’s In The Details’

Title H503 Football Boy Trade Card
Year Unknown
Size 3″ x 5″
Images Color
Type Trade Card
Number in Set

H503 Football Boy Trade Card Overview

Sun Life Insurance Football Trade CardThis trade card is an early football issue that served as an advertisement for many businesses. As was the case with most trade cards, these cards were printed and then used by various businesses to advertise their own companies.

The card features an unknown boy in a football uniform and pictured with a ball. A stadium appears in the background with flags, serving as a backdrop. It can be clearly called an American football issue instead of an international rugby one based on the fact that the advertiser printing their business information on these cards are based in the U.S.

In addition to the picture, the company name/advertisement will appear on the cards. In some cases, that is limited to only the back. In others, like the one shown here, a business name can be printed on the fronts as well.

The card is one of the rarer and earlier known football trade cards. An exact date is not known but it is likely from the late 1800s or early 1900s, comparing it to other similar issues.

Because this card is most unidentifiable, I have named it the H503 card since that text is found on the front.

H503 Football Boy Trade Card Checklist

This is a standalone issue not part of a set.

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