Liebig Butterfly Hunting Trade Cards Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Liebig Butterfly Hunting Trade Cards
Year 1904
Size 3″ x 4 1/2″
Images Color
Type Trade
Number in Set

Liebig Butterfly Hunting Trade Cards Overview

Liebig Butterfly Chase Trade Card Tennis.jpgThese trade cards were distributed by Liebig, a popular extract company. The fronts depicted a variety of colorful scenes. Of most interest to American sports collectors is a tennis card.

Some of Liebig’s cards are in English while others are in German or French. This particular issue is in German and titled, ‘Eine Schmetterlingsjagd.’ Translated literally, it means Butterfly Hunting. However, the set is also sometimes referred to as Butterfly Chasing or The Butterfly Chase.

The pictures feature a butterfly collector interrupting various activities. It is clearly meant to be a humorous issue as the pursuer is causing a disruption of something on each card. Of most interest to sports collectors is one card featuring him interrupting a tennis match. The cards in the issue are numbered and the tennis card is No. 1 in the set.

The cards were made to advertise Liebig’s products. In addition to the pictures on the front, a can of the product was prominently displayed. Like other trade cards, the backs included an advertisement for the product.

Liebig printed trade cards for decades. As was the case here, many of their sets included a total of six cards.

Liebig Butterfly Hunting Trade Cards Checklist

  1. Tennis
  2. Photography
  3. Picnic
  4. Boy with Geese
  5. Fishing
  6. Relaxing Under Tree

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