G-Cards (Banners)


For most sports collectors, G-Cards represent only banners. The official designation in the American Card Catalog includes other things such as types of posters, albums, movie stills, catalogs, and sheet music that included songs used by companies in the promotion of their business or their products.

Sticking with the banners since that is what’s relevant to this page, only a few existed. These banners advertised some of the more popular 19th Century tobacco cards produced by Allen & Ginter and Goodwin.

The sports banners are extremely rare. It should also be noted that, similar to the albums, they were sometimes cut up since they featured individual pictures of cards in the sets they were promoting. Those cut cards do hold some value today, but they are worth only a fraction of the actual cards that were distributed inside of packages of tobacco products.

Interestingly enough, Jefferson Burdick stated in the American Card Catalog that the cut cards had ‘no value whatever (sic).’ That may have been true at the time but the cards do indeed hold value today.

Catalogued Issues

1888 G20 Allen & Ginter World Champions Banner
1889 G21 Allen & Ginter World Champions Banner
1889 G75 Goodwin Games and Sports Banner
1889 G76 Goodwin Baseball Banner

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