Track and Field
Collectors will find numerous track and field cards in the pre-war era. While a large amount of these were international issues, track and field cards are found in American-based sets, too, including the popular T218 Champions set.
Cards of do-it-all athlete Jim Thorpe are among the most valuable of track and field issues. However, cards of the legendary Jesse Owens have surged in value and his early cards can cost hundreds of dollars and, in some cases of high-grade examples, thousands.
While those cards are found in the 20th century, however, 19th century track and field cards are popular, too. The sport is represented in the Champions sets from Allen & Ginter, Kimball, and Goodwin tobacco brands, and also seen on 19th century trade cards.
Due to the overwhelming number of track and field sets, only sets listed in the American Card Catalog, as well as some other uncataloged popular issues with a large amount of track and field cards, are listed below. Due to his popularity, pre-war sets with Jesse Owens are also cataloged here.