‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||HD8F Soapine Bookmark Trade Cards
|Size||1 7/8″ x 6″
|Number in Set
Soapine Baseball Bookmark Trade Cards (HD8F) Overview
These unique trade cards were actually bookmarks for at least one company – Soapine, a cleaner that could be used for all sorts of household items and furniture. They are not only shaped like bookmarks, but actually have the word ‘bookmark’ printed on them.
They were clearly an advertisement and are considered a trade card issue. advertising bookmarks were identified by Jefferson Burdick in his American Card Catalog in his Art Types category in the Advertising Cards Classification. Art Types are identified as HD8 and bookmarks are in subsection ‘F’. Therefore, this issue has the somewhat cumbersome HD8F label.
The cards have the same exact look as another HD8F issue for Hallet & Davis, a piano maker. But while I have seen many subjects in that set, I have only seen a baseball player in this one. The only real difference in the cards is that those included a turquoise and white-colored border with a floral print while these borders are red.
While Soapine is the company referenced on the backs of the cards I have seen, it is possible they were created with different company names/advertisements on the reverse.
Trade Card No. 205 Connection
Of particular note is that this image may seem familiar to trade card enthusiasts.
Card No. 205 (as cataloged by trade card collector Frank Keetz) was a trade issue produced for Western and Southern Life Insurance. That card featured this same boy in the same outfit/pose against a blank background on a traditional trade card instead of a bookmark.
Soapine Baseball Bookmark Trade Cards (HD8F) Checklist
A complete checklist is not known and the only known sports issue is this football bookmark.