1914 Adams League Playing Cards

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Title Adams League Playing Cards
Year 1914
Size 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
Images Black and White
Type Game Cards
Number in Set
53

1914 Adams League Playing Cards Overview

1914 Adams League Playing Cards

Image via Brian Cataquet (eBay-kylan71608)

Similar to what you can find today, many pre-war playing card sets existed that had sports themes. This set was produced in 1914 and has a baseball theme.

The set is a standard playing card deck design on one side with cards numbered 2 through Ace in each of the four suits, clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades. In addition, a Joker card is included as well.

The baseball backs of the cards were printed using only black ink. A series of baseballs are shown as well as two pitchers and a pair of baseball bats.

The cards were supplied in a simple box and at least two different types are known. One (shown here) features a baseball player fielding a ball. As stated on the box, the product was made in America through the S.S. Adams Company based in Asbury Park, New Jersey. A second box is known as well that also bears the Adams’ League name but has a dark background, a different picture of another fielder, and no reference to the S.S. Adams Company.

The cards were also seemingly packaged with another deck of cards called the Dollar Deck. This is known from an advertisement that states, “The two most wonderful decks of cards in the world,” with the Dollar Deck name as well as the Adams League cards. That advertisement states the cards were copyrighted in 1914 by Mr. Theodore L. De Land of Philadelphia. Further, it appears as though the cards may have been produced with the idea of using them for card tricks. The advertisement continues that Mr. De Land is the greatest inventor of mechanical card tricks known as magic.

As the set includes a standard playing card deck, 53 cards are included, including a Joker. The Joker card has an ornate design with the word ‘Joker’ printed on it.

1914 Adams League Playing Cards Checklist

The set is a standard playing card deck with cards 2 through Ace in each of the four suits, clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades, along with one Joker card.

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