Card Fiends Trade Card Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Card Fiends Trade Cards
Year 1800s
Size 2 11/16″ x 4 1/4″
Images Single Color Ink (Red or Black)
Type Trade
Number in Set
5

Card Fiends Trade Cards  Overview

Card Fiends Trade CardThis trade card set has not been cataloged by noted collector Frank Keetz in his book, “Baseball Advertising Trade Cards, 3rd Edition,” and has generally gone uncataloged. Like most trade issues, an exact date for this set has not been confirmed. But it is believed that they would have been issued in the 1880s or 1890s along with most other trade issues.

Part of the reason for that could be that it may not technically include a baseball card. The closest card in the set to a baseball card is likely one that shows a young card collector. That card, titled, ‘The Juvenile Fiend,’ shows a boy holding his hand out asking an adult for a card. The practice of children asking adults for cigarette cards during the 19th century, has been well documented. The caption of the card reads, “Mister, please give me a card.”

To date, this is the closest thing in the set that I have seen to a baseball or sports card. All others in the set I have viewed to date have been decidedly non-sports cards. The set features ‘fiends’ for all sorts of things. Of note is that there are two variations of the cards as they are printed in both red ink and black ink.

One of the other cards in the set is particularly interesting from a card collector’s point of view. The card, ‘The Publisher Fiend’ shows an apparent printing magnate printing off various cards.

As is the case with most trade cards, these are relatively fragile and printed on thinner card stock. For that reason, they can be torn or ripped quite easily and damaged easier than standard baseball cards.

As is the case with many trade cards, this one can be found with any number of advertisers. Some advertisers printed their information at the top or bottom of these cards while others added it to the back.

Card Fiends Trade Card Checklist

Below are cards from this set that I have seen. It is possible that others exist.

  • The Juvenile Fiend (Card Collector)
  • The Old Gent Fiend
  • The Old Original Fiend
  • The Publishing Fiend
  • The Shopping Fiend

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