N-Cards/T-Cards (Tobacco)


Beecher N162The N-Cards and T-Cards represent tobacco issues and are one of the most popular of the designations given by Jefferson Burdick in the American Card Catalog. N-Cards represent 19th Century tobacco issues while T-Cards identify those produced in the 20th Century.

While both were generally baseball issues, a few did include the sport of football. Those can be found below.

Of particular note is that the first true football card is arguably found in the N-Cards. The 1888 N162 Goodwin Champions set features Harry Beecher of Yale and that card (shown here) is generally viewed by most collectors as the first football issue depicting a real player.

Also of note is that some later international issues also featured the sport of football. The ones presented here are limited to ones where American football was featured.

Looking to learn more about collecting tobacco cards? Here’s an introduction of sorts that I wrote, which covers their history.


1928 Aguilitas Cuba Deportiva
1888/1889 Buchner
Morning Glory Maidens (N285)
1934 Carreras
Believe it or Not
1932 Denby Cigars Chicago Bears
Team Photo Premium
Beecher N162.jpg
1888 Goodwin Champions
N165 Top Goodwin Games and Sports
1889 Goodwin
Games and Sports (N165)
T100 Honest Silhouettes Football
Honest Silhouettes (T100)
1929 Imperial/Churchman
Sports & Games
N302 Riggs.jpg
1894 Mayo Cut Plug
1909-11 Murad College (T51)
T6 Williams.jpg
1909-11 Murad College
Cabinets (T6)
Muratti Cigarettes - Football (1935-36)
1935-36 Muratti Cigarettes
Olympic Sports
T49 Schulte's Tobacco Bowdoin College.jpg
Schulte College Series (T49)
N463 Sports Girls
Sports Girls (N463)
Yum Yum - August Beck and Company Back 1893
Yum Yum Tobacco /
August Beck (N398)

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