‘It’s In The Details’
|Size||3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
|Images||Black and White
|Number in Set
||Varies by Set
Boxing and Wrestling Exhibit Cards Overview
Exhibit cards are often among the more affordable pre-war issues when it comes to finding cards with specific athletes pictured instead of generic ones. Baseball exhibits as well as exhibits featuring non-sport personalities in the pre-war era were popular but sets with boxers and wrestlers were also somewhat common, too. Football exhibits were also produced but not widely (if at all) in the pre-war time period.
Exhibit cards were generally cards offered in arcade machines. Instead of a toy, a recipient would get a picture card of a player. They are slightly oversized and generally the size of a postcard. And while some exhibits did have postcard backs, many were blank. These were less a traditional type of card and more a small photograph.
The Exhibit Supply Company is what this type of card has been named after by collectors. But while that company produced some of these types of cards, other companies did as well. Generally, Exhibits began around the early 1920s and continued into the post-war era until around the 1970s.
Several exhibit series were printed in the pre-war era that featured both boxers and wrestlers. While Jefferson Burdick cataloged these in his book as only W467 (boxers) and W470 (wrestlers), those classifications included several different sets.