S-Cards (Silks and Stamps)


s23_rochesterS-Cards are silk or stamp issues. The American Card Catalog really just uses this designation for silks but I have added stamp issues here as well. Some collectors classify those as ST-Cards.

Silk issues were unique items generally packaged with tobacco products and exactly what they sound like – items made of swatches of silk.

Most silks were printed in the 1912-1915 range, as Jefferson Burdick indicated in his American Card Catalog. However, earlier silks are known to exist as well, dating back to the late 1800s.

The stamps, however, are not necessarily stamps as we think of them in the traditional sense.

The term stamps can refer to actual stamps. However, they are often also referred to as small stamp-like cutouts of paper or cardboard – not necessarily postage stamps with a backing that allowed you to affix the item to something else. The Rinkeydink Baseball Stamps, for example, were merely small cutouts from a section in a newspaper.

While most of the time basketball was only featured as part of a multi-sport set, one exclusively basketball issue exists in the 1939 FIBA Basketball stamps release.

While there are several pre-war basketball cards out there, by comparison, they are relatively few compared to other sports.


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1939 Bolivarian Games
1938 Panama Stamp Basketball
1938 Caribbean Games /
Panama Stamps
College Yell Silks (S23)
1934 Far East Games Basketball Stamp
1934 Far Eastern
Games Stamps
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1939 FIBA EuroBasket
Lithuania Stamps
Hamilton King Girls Silks
1936 Nestle Sport Stamp Basketball
1930s Nestle
Sports Series Stamps
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1912 Pillow Tops (S110)

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