Even though horse racing is very popular today, it was arguably more popular in the pre-war era.
Horse racing cards exist from the early days of card collecting in the 19th century with the sport depicted on numerous trade cards and early tobacco cards. Continuing into the 1900s, the sport was even featured exclusively in horse racing-only sets.
Cards of early black jockey Isaac Murphy are not only very popular but rare. And other stars, including Gordon Richards and more, are sought after, too. These cards vary quite a bit — some featuring the jockey, others featuring the racehorses themselves.
Below are known sets from the American Card Catalog with these types of cards as well as a handful of other popular uncatalogued international sets.