1901 Wills Sports of All Nations Set Includes Incredible Baseball Card

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Wills Sports of All Nations
Year 1901
Size 1 3/8″ x 2 5/8″
Images Color
Type Tobacco
Number in Set
50

Wills Sports of All Nations Overview

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Most UK tobacco sports card issues featured sports like football (soccer), tennis, and cricket, among others. A few, though, included American baseball and that was the case with the 1901 Wills Sports of All Nations Set.

The set is a 50-card release that included a variety of games and sports around the world. Of interest to many American collectors is an American baseball card. While generic, the card is stunning, featuring an early 1900s batter and catcher awaiting a pitch.

In addition to the baseball card, there are a few others here that will draw some interest from non-UK collectors. Many of the cards feature things that most collectors will not consider athletic sports, such as hunting. But in addition to baseball, there is wrestling, soccer, boxing, golf, and others.

The cards are not impossibly rare but are difficult to find in the U.S.

Wills Sports of All Nations Checklist

Below is a full checklist of the set:

  1. Lion hunting
  2. Kangaroo driving
  3. Croquet
  4. Pheasant shooting
  5. Polo
  6. Coaching
  7. Salmon fishing
  8. Bowls
  9. Shooting wild fowl
  10. Tossing the caber
  11. Quoits
  12. Tennis
  13. Cricket
  14. Cricket
  15. Cricket
  16. Rugby
  17. Rowing
  18. Tandem Cycling
  19. Fishing
  20. Otter hunt
  21. Hunting
  22. Football (soccer)
  23. Yachting
  24. Field hockey
  25. Chamois hunt
  26. Running
  27. Bull fighting
  28. Wrestling
  29. Boomerang
  30. Boxing
  31. Cycling
  32. Sleighing
  33. Baseball
  34. Jumping
  35. Golf
  36. Gymnastics
  37. Hunting
  38. Kite flying
  39. Tiger hung
  40. Tent pegging
  41. Ragong
  42. Assegai throwing
  43. Lacrosse
  44. La Pallone
  45. Skiing
  46. Skating
  47. Curling
  48. Tobogganing
  49. Pig sticking
  50. Heads and posts

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