WG-Cards (Gaming)



These were cards issued as part of various games. Often, gaming cards are good ways to find inexpensive releases of stars and Hall of Famers. Most gaming cards, however, feature generic players. Since those are usually cheaper than cards with actual players, gaming cards can be an inexpensive way to collect pre-war cards. This page also includes Japanese Menko game cards.

It should also be noted that many more pre-war baseball games exist. However, this site focuses only on ones with cards as a part of them.

Despite their age, gaming cards can also be found in excellent condition. Part of that is due to the cards’ manufactured rounded corners, which help them exhibit less wear than cards with originally-sharp corners. Another factor is that some games were boxed away and used only sparingly. While somewhat rare, it isn’t impossible to find complete game sets up for auction where the cards appear virtually untouched.

Interest in gaming cards varies, depending on the issue. Those featuring pictures/names of actual players are generally more desirable than those that have pictures of generic players. Basic action cards (those with only words on them to allow for game play) are not usually as sought after as those with pictures on them. However, they can also be an inexpensive option for type collectors that simply want any card from a particular set for their collection.

Note that the WG-Card designation was initially given to types of greeting cards in the American Card Catalog. Similar to the N-Card designation which has changed over time, this is another one that is used differently by today’s collectors.

Finally, in addition to cards that were included as a part of board games or strategic baseball games, several decks of cards were also printed that were standard playing cards with baseball designs on the reverse. Known ones, such as the 1914 Adams League Playing Cards set, are included here as well.

Here’s more on collecting game issues.


1914 Adams League Playing Cards
1914 Adams League
Playing Cards
1904 Allegheny Card Game.jpg
1904 Allegheny Card Company
American National Game.jpg
1909 American National
Base Ball
1890 Apollo Baseball Card.jpg
1890s Apollo Baseball
Aydelott's Back  1910 Aydelott Back
1910 Aydelott’s
Base Ball Cards
Babe Ruth 1936 Milton Bradley card
1926 / 1936 Babe Ruth
Milton Bradley Baseball Game
WG1 Galvin.jpg
1888 Base Ball (WG1)
Baseballitis Game Card
1909 Baseballitis
1908 Batter Up
1921 Schulz Game Cards.jpg
1921 C. Schultz
Cine Manual Playing Cards Basse Ball - Baseball
1930s Cine Manual
Dainty Series Sports SIlhouettes Boxing Card
Dainty Series Sports Silhouettes
Dempsey National American Game.jpg
1909 Dempsey’s National-
American Base Ball Game
E.R. Williams Game.jpg
1889 E.R. Williams
1909 Fan Ball Game.jpg
1909 Fan-Ball
1904 Fan Craze Game Card.jpg
1904 Fan Craze
04FC 08 Collins.jpg
1906 Fan Craze (WG2)
06FC 49 Wagner.jpg
1906 Fan Craze (WG3)

The Game of Sports
1903 George Norris Baseball Game Cards.jpg
1903 George Norris
1910 Great National
Game of Base Ball
1913 Great National Game of Baseball Card
1913 Harking Company
Great National Game of Baseball
1914 Hatfield’s
Parlor Base Ball
1922 Home Base Ball
1937 Ducky Medwick Big Leaguer
1937/1939 Joe Medwick
Big Leaguers Baseball
Knickerbocker Baseball Game Card.jpg
1923 Knickerbocker Base Ball Game
84L 2nd Baseman.jpg
1884 Lawson Game
1945 Leister Autographs Game Babe Ruth
1945 Leister
Autographs Game
Leslie Perfection Baseball Game.jpg
1913 Leslie’s
Perfection Baseball
Major League Ball Die-Cuts Bengough.jpg
1921-30 Major League Ball
McLoughlin 1894-95.jpg
1894-95 McLoughlin
Amusement for Boys
Menko Cards
Menko Game Cards
1889 Milton Bradley American Sports Baseball
1889 Milton Bradley
American Sports Game
13ParkerBrothers Lajoie.jpg
1913 Nap Lajoie Game
National American
Baseball Game
WG5 National Game.jpg
1913 National Baseball
Game (WG5)
1920 New Card Baseball 1917 Norpoth
1917 Norpoth Baseball Playing Cards
Bill Homer Old Maid
1920s Old Maid
1930s Old Maid - Harry Homer.jpg
1930s Old Maid
001 - Copy
1922 Olsen’s Base Ball
 Parker Brothers.jpg
1910 Parker Brothers
National-American Base Ball
Parlor BB Game 1884
1884 Parlor Base Ball
14PG 10 Jackson.jpg
1914 Polo Grounds (WG4)
1926-35 Psychic Baseball
1934 Ask Me Quaker Oats Puffed Wheat Game Card Orange
1934 Quaker Oats Ask Me (F279-1)
1906 or 1910 Russell Rustlers Playing Cards
1906/1910 Russell’s Rustlers
36SS 33 Herman.jpg
1936 S&S Game (WG8)
1910 Snap Baseball Ted Williams JCM44 Menko
1947 Ted Williams Back
Menko Game Cards (JCM44)
10J 3 Base Hit.jpg
1909 Tim Jordan Game
To the Ball Game Playing Card #1 (1906).jpg
1906 To the Ball Game

Playing Cards
WG6 Barker Game
1913 Tom Barker Game (WG6)
WG6 Barker Game Fenway Breweries
1913 Tom Barker Game
Fenway Breweries (WG6)
1927 Universal Baseball WG7 Bancroft.jpg
1924 Walter Mails Game (WG7)
1930s Waner Baseball Game Umpire Card
1930s Waner’s Baseball Game
1938 Big League Card Game.jpg
1938 Whitman Big League
Babe Ruth 1935 Whitman Party Stunts
1935 Whitman Party Stunts

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