Guerin-Boutron Le Jeux D’Enfants Trade Cards Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Guerin-Boutron Le Jeux D’Enfants Trade Cards
Year 1890s
Size 2 1/2″ x 4″
Images Color
Type Trade
Number in Set
10 (?)

Guerin-Boutron Le Jeux D’Enfants Trade Cards Overview

Geurin-Boutron Le Jeux D'Enfants Trade Card WrestlingThese unique trade cards were produced in France by a chocolate company, Guerin-Boutron. As you would expect, the text on the cards is in French.

Unlike other trade issues which were sometimes used by many different companies, these cards appear to be exclusive to the Guerin-Boutron name. Guerin-Boutron is still in operation today.

The cards feature color pictures of children participating in all sorts of sports and games/activities. The set is called Le Jeux D’Enfants, as mentioned on the backs, which translates to ‘The Children’s Game.’

In addition to the color images, the cards have a wavy decorative frame around the edge as well as a title on the front. Those features are important because they help distinguish these from other Guerin-Boutron trade issues and the company had many of them. Like these cards, many of their other trade cards also pictured children.

Guerin-Boutron Le Jeux D'Enfants Trade Card Boxing.jpg

Not too many major sports are featured here. However, the set does include cards for boxing, wrestling, polo, and others.

The boxing card is generally the most popular one in the set. Not all cards are to be considered sports cards as most feature children participating in activities such as board games and other types of children’s games.

I have never seen an exact date for these cards. However, most sources cite them as an 1890s issue. It is possible that the cards could have been printed slightly earlier or later than that.

Guerin-Boutron Le Jeux D’Enfants Trade Cards Checklist

  1. La Boxe (Boxing)
  2. Le Diabolo (Chinese Yo-Yo Game)
  3. La Fronde (Sling)
  4. Les Jacquette (Backgammon)
  5. Le Jeu de Dominos (Dominoes)
  6. La Joute Sur L’Eau (The Game on the Water)
  7. L’Escrime (Fencing)
  8. La Lutte (Wrestling)
  9. Le Polo (Polo)
  10. Les Quatre Coins (Four Corners)

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