1884 Lawson Game Cards Set

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Lawson Game Cards
Year 1884
Size 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
Images Color
Type Game Cards
Number in Set

1884 Lawson Game Cards Overview

1884 Lawson Game Back.jpg1884 Lawson Game Bats Burgundy Back84L 2nd Baseman.jpgPrinted in 1884, the Lawson Game card set is one of the earliest gaming playing card issues in existence.

The cards feature several designs including a player catching, a player hitting, a baseball, a baseball with bats, a pair of crossed bats, a base, and a weird design featuring four arms. The two types of players shown, a fielder and hitter, are generic in nature and not of specific players.

Cards are rounded and were sold in packages with a box and instructions. While it is relatively easy to find individual cards from this set, finding an entire set is a bit more of a challenge.

One unique feature of this set is that the backs are printed in blue or burgundy colored ink and depict a game of baseball being played. Both are equally stunning to look at but the burgundy backs are significantly rarer than the blue ones.

Because these cards were part of a game set, often, these were left virtually untouched within the playing card box. For that reason, several high grade examples (even PSA 10) of cards in this set exist.

The full set contains 36 different game/action cards.

1884 Lawson Game Cards Checklist

As the players are generic and do not include specific names. Most cards are repeated. The pictures in the set include the following:

  1. Player with bat
  2. Player on ground
  3. Player preparing to catching ball
  4. Various pieces of equipment

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