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1938 Whitman Big League Baseball Game Background In 1938, the Whitman Card Game was produced by the Whitman Publishing Company. The game was the creation of two gentlemen, Ralph Williams and Frank Effinger from Racine, Wisconsin-based Whitman Publishing. The game was like many others of the time period. Players used cards to compete in a simulated baseball game. The cardsRead more
While many different companies added their own printing to cards that were already created, one issue that I had not previously seen that with was the 1890s J.L. Prescott/Enameline Paper Dolls. That changed recently with the discovery of one with a back stamp. Background The 1890s J.L. Prescott Enameline trade cards comprised a set of nine paper dolls. J.L. PrescottRead more
1938 Sawyer Biscuit Cabinets Overview The 1938 Sawyer Biscuit Cabinet set was a unique set of photographs distributed by the Sawyer Biscuit Company. You can read more about them here but, essentially, they were black and white/sepia style photographs inside of a makeshift frame. In exchange for a coupon from the company’s Sawyer Butter Cookies set and ten cents, aRead more
An Accurate Barometer Introduction For years, the trade card set, ‘An Accurate Barometer’ has been a pretty common issue. The more commonly known cards among sports card collectors are the two featuring a boy with aspirations of playing a game of baseball. A third baseball issue without the ‘An Accurate Barometer’ tag but with the same design/layout exists as well. Some other non-sportsRead more
Some of the great mysteries of pre-war card issues is linking unidentified pictures of players with actual players of the era. When able to establish a credible link of a player to an issue depicting an unknown player, that generally increases the collectability and the value. Consider, for example, the relatively recent discovery that the highly desired Joe Jackson isRead more
Introduction In the American Card Catalog, author Jefferson Burdick made a brief mention of a set he referred to as V352 Baseball Photos. While Burdick’s description, like most of his other classified sets, was not a long one, he did make it pretty clear what these looked like. The famous collector added a small commentary that the V352 photos wereRead more